The Significance of Leather Dye in the Leather Industry

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Posted by: Dr. R.M March 10, 2021 No Comments

Leather dyes breathe life into products with the various color options it presents the modern-day consumer with. They are one of the main components that are responsible for giving leather products a distinct and vibrant look. From the deep glossy look on jackets, the sleek black effect on shoes, to rich hues on handbags, and an opulent look to furniture, all of this has been made possible because of leather dyes.

Let us proceed ahead and have a brief look at the types of leather dye. 

Types of Leather Dye

Leather dyes refer to dyes related to leather coloring. Depending on solvent types, leather dyes can be divided into two categories: non-water-soluble dyes and water-soluble dyes.

Non-water-soluble dye constitutes sulfur dyes soluble in an aqueous solution of sulfide, fat-soluble oil-soluble dye, alcohol-soluble dye soluble in alcohol. Water-soluble dyes comprise of anionic acid dyes, direct dyes, dye leather special dye; amphoteric metal complex dyes, triphenylmethane dyes of sulfite; cationic alkaline dyes -all of which impart excellent dyeing effect with the brilliance of shades.

The leather used in apparel making requires overall dyeing wherein the color of the cut area is the same as that of the surface. Mostly acidic and direct dyes are used for leather dyeing, sometimes with alkaline, mordant, reactive dyes and oil-soluble, mostly picked out from the textile dyes

Trends in the Leather Dyeing Industry

The average consumer is becoming fashion conscious along with an increase in the purchasing power. The demand for leather dyes that deliver abrasion resistance and resistance to dry-cleaning solvents for garment leather is also increasing with the corresponding increase in the standard of living and the development of science and technology. ‘Aniline Dyed Leather’ is a trend emerged that maintains the leather surfaces “natural look” and eliminates the need for paint finishing but requires only dyeing to be done with synthetic dyes. This proposes new demand for the dyes dedicated to leather.

Leather dedicated dyes are heavily used in several industries such as shoes, garments, and accessories. With the level of competition only increasing, brands are always looking for ways to present their customers with unique offerings. Therefore, brands of leather shoes, garments, and accessories offer diverse options to the present-day consumer, each of which requires a different style and finish.

The fashion-driven consumer is also environmentally conscious. He wants to make sure that the products he uses are made with eco-friendly material that contributes to reduced emission of pollutants. Consumers today demand products that pass high standards of quality and cause minimum harm to the environment.


The various technological advancements in leather dyeing have enabled the production and development of fastness in dyes to reach top levels. Manufacturers in the leather industry are taking precautions to produce sustainable products by disallowing the use of harmful chemicals and dyes. With so many products on offer to the consumer, the leather industry is definitely becoming a fascinating one.

Author: Dr. R.M
Vice President, R&D of a large multinational company in the field of writing inks