Nubuck is a type of finish for the finest light leather. It is accordingly also the name for a fine rough leather that is lightly sanded on the grain side (the upper side of the skin facing away from the flesh) and thus has a velvety character. The look is similar to elk leather, except that nubuck does not suffer from damage like leather from wild animals. The slight cut with the shortest cut is not fibrous. Fine calf or cowhides are used for high-quality nubuck leather . Sheep and pigskin can also be finished on nubuck. It is used, among other things, in upholstered furniture , handbags , clothing , shoes , gloves and as car leather. Nubuck remains waterproof for a very long time after waxing.
As a light, elegant clothing leather, nubuck is a material that was often combined with knitwear in the past. Any fat deposits that occur during wearing can be roughened well. By simply sanding the leather without any further treatment, the impression of leather that has already been used is sought ("used look").
In contrast to nubuck leather, the flesh side of suede is sanded.
The English term buckskin refers to a specially treated suede that has been softened by a chemical process ( English bucking ), next to it a strong felted carded yarn fabric. It is possible that this name derives from the "buck leather" (English buck ). Accordingly, clothing made from it is called buckskins . Presumably, the “new” method of sanding the grain side was called “New Buck” for advertising reasons, which then became nubuck or German nubuck .
- Alfons Hofer: Textile and Model Lexicon. 7th edition. Volume 1, Deutscher Fachverlag, Frankfurt am Main 1997, ISBN 3-87150-518-8 , keyword “nubuck”.
- Sonja Langer-Korsch: Leather clothing on sale. Reference book for leather clothing. Association of the German Leather Clothing Industry, Munich November 1981, p. 81.
- Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary on Etymology .