DaVarg Leather Shades
Enhancing the elegance and character of leather
 

KARMEL is the lightest DaVarg shade.

This shade is very close to tan and is a popular tint for leather articles. With KARMEL, the natural grain marks showcase the authenticity of leather. The leather will darken with use, developing the rich multi-tone patina better than any other shade.

TIRRA reminds us of earth. 

It is brownish tint and has a rich patina that evokes the memory of old classic  leather.  The pull up effect will be still evident, rendering the leather to develop the rich patina with excellent aging characteristics.
 
 
EMBER balances red and brown tones.

 The pull up effect is less pronounced in EMBER, and the leather will not age as quickly as other shades. EMBER still maintains the natural look and feel, and is a great shade for hardwearing cases and bigger articles.

TOBAC named after aged tobacco.

This balance of green and brown creates the allure of TOBAC, different from all our other shades. TOBAC shade combined with our contrasting red-line  stitching can give a unique old-world look.

KAPPI is derived dark-roasted coffee beans. 

KAPPI and can be compared to espresso shades. Despite the the dark tinting the distinct character of full grain leather is still showcased through KAPPI.  The red-line stitching becomes  very pronounced in KAPPI.
Five shades that enhance character

Vegetable tanned leather has a natural creamy shade that attracts dirt and stains. To reduce unwanted staining and to further add character, we tint the grain side with deeply penetrating dyes. These dyes penetrate the grain fibers and the corium layer, yet leave the top grain surface uncoated to enhance the patina of leather as it matures.

Unlike artificial or substandard leathers, DaVarg Leather is not coated over the grains. This lack of surface coating allows the leather to absorb moisture and the oils necessary to develop the multi-tone patina characteristic of leather.

We took quite some time perfecting these shades. These five shades were chosen to retain the natural elegance of the full-grain leather. The shades along with the contrasting red-line stitching will enhance the elegance and character of your DaVarg article as it matures.
Leather back-coating

Vegetable tanned leather has a natural creamy shade that attracts dirt and stains. To reduce unwanted staining and to further add character, we tint the grain side with deeply penetrating dyes. These dyes penetrate the grain fibers and the corium layer, yet leave the top grain surface uncoated to enhance the patina of leather as it matures.

In most leathers, the corium or back side of leather is often unfinished- this causes the corium side to attract moisture or get dirty, and allow its fibers quickly come loose and frayed. These frayed fibers is not only ugly, but also reduces the durability of leather. We find this undesirable in our articles, and so the back side of DaVarg leather is also coated with a specially formulated layer.

With this back coating we don't have to use linings and paddings, making our designs slimmer and more durable. Back coating also ensures that DaVarg leather has a smooth leathery feel, even on the inner surfaces of the article.
Variations in Leather shades
Due to the natural variations within leather and variations between hides and processes, we can guarantee that no two DaVarg articles will have the exact shade.

Further, the shades of the articles will undergo changes as the leather matures with daily use while developing the pull effects and the patina. No matter which shade you select for your article, you can expect it have the authenticity and character of full-grain leather.
Why you don't see black shade
Castello DaVarg has developed five shades to tint our leather - but will not ever tint our leather in black.

Why? Because black shaded leather, in our opinion, is an indication of substandard leather. Such dark, opaque coatings hide the natural character of leather. They are often used to disguise substandard or artificial leather with a fake grain embossing to mimic full-grain leather.

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