It cannot be determined when and were artificial leather was invented. However, roughly 100
years ago, the case and surface of instrument handles and cameras were covered with coated
textiles, which looks like a smooth leather surface. Since then, the Artificial leather industry
came into existence. The global Artificial Leather market in 2015 was valued at 22.13 billion
USD and it is projected to reach 33.54 billion USD by 2021, at a CAGR of 7.20% from 2016 to
Since leather is an expensive material and, because of the grain structure and natural markings
and the irregular outer contour of leather skin, the wastage cost incurred during the cutting
process is very high. Therefore, attempts were constantly made to develop materials that
mimic the texture of natural leather.
As time passes, the manufacturers succeeded very well in imitating a leather surface. Thus,
Artificial leather—known colloquially as faux leather, imitation leather, and leather—has been
viewed as having several advantages over real leather. Artificial leather is used in almost all
Industries and lifestyle related products: Footwear, Fashion, furniture, or vehicle upholstery. It
can approximate the appearance and durability of real leather at a lower cost, and its
production is far less labor-intensive. Artificial leather offers a more polished appearance than
natural leather, as it is creasing resistance, affordable than natural leather, waterproof, as well
as alkali, and acid-resistant.
The use of Artificial leather was not just about saving money as, with the increasing awareness
about cruelty to animals, many people start opting for more humane alternative leather
products. To help and create a sustainable environment and in order to save the animals, it was
advisable to switch to eco-friendly and cruelty-free leather as time goes on. Hence, very well
known brands has started opting for Faux leather in their high end lifestyle products. Artificial
leather is often a lot thinner than real leather and much more lightweight which is great for
fashion as it makes it potentially easy to work with.
There are also areas where artificial leather is better suited than real leather, such as
motorcycle seats, the outer cushions on the boat, or the seats of jet skis. It is used artificial as it
is better able to withstand the constant contact with sunlight and water, which would damage
real leather. It is also used where surfaces are needed to be replaced frequently or cleaned with
stronger cleaning agents.
Consequently, Artificial leather has become very popular nowadays in the leather market
because it looks identical to real leather. It has a lot more flexibility with positive effects on the
environment, unlike the leather industry.
GTEX Fabrics, the best manufacturers of artificial leather and exporters of artificial leather, has been incorporated to produce the best quality artificial leather. Its promoters have over 20 years of industry experience and their aim is to be the leading manufacturer of quality artificial leather in India.