Cork fabric , also known as cork skin or cork leather, is a high quality, natural fabric produced from thin cork shavings obtained directly from the bark of the cork oak tree. Much of the production is hand crafted. These thin cork sheets are laminated to a fabric support backing using a specialized proprietary technique. The grade of the backing varies depending on the use of the cork fabric.
The durability of the cork fabric is remarkable. To prevent staining, the cork fabric is protected with a fabric protection spray. In terms of durability, cork fabric wears similarly to leather which is another reason this cork fabric is often called Cork Leather. The main difference between cork leather and regular leather is cork leather can get wet - actually it can be washed using hot water in a washing machine.
Cork fabric is durable as leather and as versatile as fabric. This material is environmentally friendly, hypoallergenic, water resistant and stain resistant as well as easily cleaned and long lasting. The innovative characteristics of cork fabric are unique and original.
Innovative texture: Both to the physical touch and visually, cork fabric offers a feel like no other. Some compare it to leather but really there is nothing in this world that is comparable. Cork fabric is available in a unique assortment of designs to stimulate every outlook and taste.
Natural: Obtained directly from the bark of the cork oak tree, having physical and chemical properties that have never been recreated by a man-made process.
Ecological: The cork oak tree has the ability to regenerate it’s bark. This allows for the removal of the bark (the cork) without causing any damage to the tree itself.
Multiple backing support: A broad range of backings are available; from various textile varieties to paper, cardboard, nylon, and PVC.
Stable: It’s chemical and physical structure allow for amazing wear resistance. It maintains excellent degradation ratings when exposed to acid and is almost immune to micro-organisms.
Hypoallergenic: Due to extremely low surface dust absorption, it is immune to micro-organism proliferation such as mites.
Waterproof: The natural qualities of cork, reinforced by a series of specific treatments in the manufacturing process, allows for cork fabric based products such as umbrellas, raincoats, garments, and fashion accessories.
Dust and dirt repellent: Through careful coating of the natural surface, the finished product is fully dust, dirt, and grease repellent and stain resistant.
Cork fabric is available in a unique assortment of natural textures, patterns, and designs and is produced with different backing materials dependent on final use.
Excellent used as a fabric for: upholstery, clothing, decorative wall paper, labels, box lining book binding and more.
Cork Fashion Collections , produced from natural cork fabrics, are high-performing, stylish and sophisticated. Beautifully selected products, including handbags, sport bags and luggage, wallets and watches, upholstered and reupholstered furniture, clothing, pillows, yoga mats, shoes, painters canvases, and more.