Saffiano is a textured leather and it doesn’t care about what tanning process is used as it is a textured leather with the textured pressed onto it so you don’t get to see the leather — you only see the opaque cross-hatch coating applied over it.
Part of the finishing includes a wax treatment. As a result, the material is pretty much scratch resistant, durable and easy to clean.
Saffiano leather preserves its look for a long time, due to its coated surface.
Its fairly easy to recognize Saffiano leather due to its distinctive markings which are a series of diagonal lines and cross-hatch designs that renders the leather very resistant to stains, scratches and is also water repellent.
Indications are that Mario Prada invented Saffiano leather.