Heard of bicast leather? You might not know what this is but you’ve probably seen it before. Bicast leather, also known as bonded leather, is a type of leather that is made with an adhesion agent and a bonding substance. This process makes the leather more durable and requires less maintenance. In this article, we learn more about what it is and how to use it!
What is bicast leather?
It is the only leather that is still made by hand, not by machine. It is called bicast because it has two layers of leather sewn together. The first layer of the bicast leather is the backside or bottom side which is a velvet-like calfskin. The second layer of this bicast leather is the top side which is in fact a beautiful piece of calf. The topside is usually stamped in the same way as it would be on genuine leather. This bicast leather is softer and more comfortable than the leathers we use today and it makes for a great leather wallet, bag, purse, keychain, furniture, shoes, belts, jackets, bags, or even an iPhone case.
Why should you use bicast leather?
Bicast leather is hypoallergenic, which means that it is very safe for sensitive skin. It also has excellent strength properties and a brilliant look in a variety of colors. It is also tougher and more resilient than genuine leather, meaning that it will last a lot longer. In the early history of the animal skin trade, leather was traditionally made from goatskin. However, goats tend to shed a great deal of hair on a regular basis and there is often a lot of hair on the surface of the skin. This causes the leather to wear out quicker than other options. Bicast leather is made from cowhide, which means that it does not shed as much hair and the outer layer of the leather is treated with wax to make it waterproof and breathable. It also allows the skin to be tanned more quickly than with goatskin, which is why it is considered one of the best options for the leather industry.
Quick Tips for Use
Tips for using bicast leather products:
- After use, put the item back in its original storage box.
- When storing items for long periods of time, it is recommended that you place soft cloth between the item and the storage box.
- Do not store in plastic bags or other rigid storage containers.
- Do not store in direct sunlight.
- Do not wash with hot water.
- Do not soak in water or use in dishwasher.
- Do not clean with abrasive cleaners, benzene, or other harsh chemicals.
- Do not dry clean, iron, bleach bicast leather products.
- For items that are hand-stitched, clean off excess glue with a clean, dry cloth.
- Do not use thread cleaners or lubricants on bicast leather products.
Nowadays, bicast leather is being used for all kinds of purposes, including shoes, furniture, bags, laminates and even shoes. These kinds of leathers are too infectious to the fashion industry.