Leather jackets, skirts, pants, and leggings are available in many different colors these days. Although the process of dyeing and coloring leather dates back to the ancient times, the traditional color options for leather clothing have always been black and brown. Yet as the method of processing rawhide into fashionable attire evolved through the years, leather clothing in vibrant colors and amazing patterns came to the forefront of the fashion scene. These innovations have made wearing vibrant colored leather a more trendy and stylish option today.
How Leather is Colored
With the help of the latest leather processing technologies we can now create any possible color of leather leggings, bodysuits, and jackets, including metallic finishes. The process of mixing natural and manmade dyes has also become much simpler nowadays, which allows our designers and leatherworkers to produce greater quality dyed leathers with a premium consistency.
The first part of coloring leather is to tan and prepare it for the process, so that the strength and integrity of the material are well maintained. This also helps to preserve the fabric's original features which are then passed on to the jacket, skirt, or any other clothing. After the complicated process of preparing leather and transforming it into a stable fabric, it is sent for dying in a controlled setting.
To start the coloring process, the leather material is immersed in large barrels that are filled with the color dye. The fabric is rotated continuously in the barrel so that the color is absorbed evenly into the leather. When this step is done, it is rinsed and dried to smoothen and straighten the fabric.
All leather clothing material are coated with a protective pigment after the dyeing process. This ensures that the final product does not soak moisture and allow the wearer to stay dry and comfortable all through the day. Manufacturers follow careful measures to apply the protective coating onto leather because adding more pigment will make the fabric somewhat harder, while adding less pigment will not be enough to resist moisture. That is why it is important for the manufacturer to find a proper balance of comfort and water resistance with the protective coating.
There is another coloring process for leather fabric which involves spraying the material with a coat of pigment paint. Although this is a much faster and economical process, the results here are not as consistent as that seen in the leather dyeing process so it’s not something we use on our high-end leather. Moreover, spray-colored leather clothing can lose their shine and color very quickly as well. We use an immersion dye to ensure the longevity and fullness of our designer leather clothing.