Sustainable Fabric: Salmon Leather

Sustainable Fabric: Salmon Leather

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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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