Bicast leather is also known as bycast leather and bi-cast leather. Bycast Leather is also regarded as reconstituted and laminated leather. In some countries, this is also known as leatherette. Bicast Leather is manufactured with a split leather backing covered with an embossed layer of vinyl or polyurethane. This leather doesn’t contain natural hide and cannot be sold or marketed as real leather in the market.
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Manufacturing of bi-cast leather
Rawhide is split into layers; the top grain is removed. Based on the thickness of the hides, layers are split more until a thin bottom layer is left. Then, its surface is covered with a layer of polyurethane and, after that, embossed to make it look like real leather.
Bycast leather has many applications
Bicast leather is mostly used to make shoes, and it is also used to make couches, handbags, and belts. Jackets for men and women can be made from Bicast leather.
Quality of the Bicast leather
- less durable than the original leather.
- Unfortunately, Bicast leather does not develop a natural patina.
- less breathability as compared to real leather.
- Bicast leather has a resemblance to real leather. But the quality of Bicast leather is not great. It will not look beautiful with time and use because it develops cracks and tears.
The benefits of Bicast leather
- Affordability is a cost-effective option.
- Easy to clean.
- It looks like genuine leather.
- It is shiny.
Bicast leather has the following drawbacks
- Bicast leather is not real leather.
- Some dishonest people may sell it as genuine leather.
- It is less durable than genuine leather.
- Cracks and rough patches are formed over time.
- A natural patina will not develop.
- Items made of Bicast leather will not last long.