Sustainable Fabric: Salmon Leather

Sustainable Fabric: Salmon Leather

Sarah Firshein
Apr 26, 2010

From the land of Tierra del Fuego and some of the most spectacular hiking destinations on the globe comes another hook, line and sinker: salmon leather, a byproduct of Chile's commercial fishing industry. Created from skins typically discarded during fish packaging, the fabric has a whole host of applications and the look and feel of python—without the premium price point.

The process of drying, tanning and dying the skins results in a tough, flexible fabric with a rustic texture that works for upholstery or fashion accessories. Check out the selection of stunning furnishings—or purchase your own yardage for a DIY project—at Puro Chile, which opened in November in downtown NYC. It's a way to bring Chilean Patagonia into your home—even if the W Trek seems a little out of reach. View additional information on the technical aspects of salmon leather here.

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