Material lexicon

Nappa leather
Grained side of the leather, soft and comfortable to wear. Nappa leather is also known as smooth leather.
See: Leather
Natural silk
A fine natural fibre obtained from the cocoon of the silkworm, silk has a large number of very agreeable properties: lightweight, thin, strong, can be given an elegant finish, is warm in winter and cool in summer.
Neoprene
The outstanding thermal insulation provided by this foam-rubber-like material has long been known from diving suits. Although neoprene is to an extent breathable, it does not transport skin moisture outwards. Perforation of the material therefore has a positive effect on moisture transport.
Nomex
Polyamide fibre from DuPont, with genuine high-tech properties: the material is heat-resistant, even giving protection from open flames, is highly resistant to tearing and stretching, and insulates. It is therefore ideal for safety reinforcement of gloves and protectors.
Nubuck leather
Rough, sanded nappa leather. The natural appearance of the velour surface gives a special, very pleasing appearance, although there is some reduction in weather resistance. So it should always be thoroughly impregnated.
See: Leather, Nappa leather
Nylon
Polyamide filament developed by DuPont, from which a smooth fabric with a silky sheen is manufactured. Tough and relatively resistant to tearing. Well suited to coating and impregnation, which makes it waterproof and resistant to dirt. Does not rot. Fabric melts when heated, therefore limited resistance to abrasion, which also depends on the thickness of the material and strength of the weave. A variety of material strengths and densities are available for different applications. Nylon is used for a very wide range of products, particularly where toughness and weather resistance are expected, such as tank bags, rain suits, tents, sleeping bags and outdoor clothing.