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Suede (pronounced /swd/ SWAYD) is a type of leather with a fuzzy, napped finish, commonly used for jackets, shoes, fabrics, purses, furniture, and other items. The term comes from the French gants de Suède, which literally means "gloves from Sweden".[1] The term was first used by The Oxford English Dictionary in 1884.

Suede is made from the underside of the animal skin, which is softer and more pliable than the outer skin layer, though not as durable.[2]


Suede jacket

Suede leather is made from the underside of the skin,[3] primarily from lamb, although goat, calf, and deer are commonly used. Splits from thick hides of cow and deer are also sueded, but, due to the fiber content, have a shaggy nap.


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Because suede does not include the tough exterior skin layer, it is less durable, but softer, than the standard "full-grain" leather. Its softness, thinness, and pliability make it suitable for clothing and delicate uses; suede was originally used for women's gloves, hence its etymology (see above). Suede leather is also popular in upholstery, shoes, bags, and other accessories, and as a lining for other leather products. Due to its textured nature and open pores, suede may become dirty and quickly absorb liquids.

In popular culture

See also


  1. ^ Suede,
  2. ^ "Difference Between Leather and Suede - Explainry". Explainry. Archived from the original on 2017-08-23. Retrieved 2017-02-11.
  3. ^ Scrivano, Sandy (2001). Sewing with Leather and Suede: Tips, Techniques and Inspiration. Lark Books. p. 120. ISBN 978-1-57990-273-5.

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