Napa leather

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Napa leather is a leather, typically dyed, made from goat-, cow-, calf-, lamb- or other skin by tanning. It is noted for its soft hand. It is a generic term in the leather field and has no distinct test for characterization. Among other uses, napa leather is often used in leather products such as furniture, clothing, handbags, and shoes. As the term is used today, napa leather may be either natural grain[clarification needed] or, more likely, corrected grain.[clarification needed]

The leather takes its name from Napa, California, where the process of making napa leather was created by Emanuel Manasse, a German tanner working for The Sawyer Tanning Company.[1][2]:250[3]

The term "nappa leather" is used to indicate soft imitation leather, with the exception of the term's use in countries like Germany, where it is used to indicate napa leather.[1][4]

Napa gloves are made from tawed[clarification needed] leathers and tanned leathers.


  1. ^ a b "Napa leather". The Leather Dictionary. Retrieved 2019-06-13.
  2. ^ Gregory, Thomas Jefferson (1912). History of Solano and Napa Counties, California, with Biographical Sketches of the Leading Men and Women of the Counties who Have Been Identified with Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present Time. Historic Record Company.
  3. ^ Shoe and Leather Reporter. Shoe and Leather Reporter Company. 1922. p. 25.
  4. ^ "What is Nappa leather and is it a good choice for car seats?". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2019-06-13.


  • B Ellis (1921), Gloves & Glove Trade, page 58,