Spew

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The substance deposited on the surface of leather. Spew is usually waxy and white or brown and oily.

Leather strap with crystals of spew seen across the surface
White spew seen on untanned skin sandal strap
Spew on exterior surface of gourd artifact

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Synonyms in English[edit | edit source]

fatty bloom, fat bloom, fatty spew, spue

Translation[edit | edit source]

English spew
French
Spanish fluido oleoso
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Discussion[edit | edit source]

The substance often found on leather goods is commonly referred to as spew. It is also known as “fatty bloom”, “fat bloom”, or “fatty spew” and can be either waxy or oil. The most common colors are white and brown. Spew is the result from fats and oils on the surface of the leather that solidify when exposed to air.

References[edit | edit source]

"Leather and Skin." 2011. What's That White Stuff?. https://alaskawhitestuffid.wordpress.com/2011/08/09/leather-and-skin/

Roberts, Matt T., and Don Etheringon. 1982. Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books. A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology. http://cool.conservation-us.org/don/don.html.

“Spew ID: 300251466.” 2000. Art and Architecture Thesaurus Online. Los Angeles, CA: J. Paul Getty Trust. http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabularies/aat/.





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