Leather and climate
It probably comes as no surprise that leather, as a natural material, responds to its surroundings. That means a leather item used in a hot and dry climate (or cold and dry for that matter) will slightly harden over time. The porous nature of the leather allows moisture in the leather to evaporate, reducing its flexibility, but allowing it to maintain structural integrity.
In a wet climate, like tropical or maritime regions, that same porous nature allows natural leather to absorb moisture. That’s why leather that is wet should always be dried gradually, to retain its supple shape and prevent cracking. Yet this natural quality of leather gives it versatility as a material, that others don’t have. Where a synthetic material remains static in all environmental substances, leather responds. This helps to prevent damage and the right care ensures that leather can even better resist these conditions.
Automotive leather is a highly engineered material, crafted and designed to last through cold, hot, dry and moist conditions. It remains in pristine condition for years and only needs occasional maintenance. A car seat Is designed for easy care, therefore not needing conditioning. These are all natural qualities that make leather distinct from any other material choice.
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