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Date: 2/2/10 3:59 PM

Anyone ever hear of Salmon Leather? Or own a purse or wallet made of Salmon Leather?

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Date: 2/2/10 4:08 PM

I saw an Isaac mizrahi dress made out of salmon leather at an exhbit called "extreme textiles" at the cooper hewett. It was realy beautiful..the dress was made out of Pailetts of leather.

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Date: 2/2/10 4:10 PM

A dress? I would like to have seen that. I don't know what "Pailetts" of leather is.

ETA: Do you mean those little round disk like things? Made of salmon leather? I'll have to go look for a picture of that. :)




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Date: 2/2/10 4:16 PM

Ah, I found a link. Isaac Mizrahi's Salmon Leather


I wish the picture of the shoe wasn't so blurry.




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Date: 2/2/10 4:20 PM

I have a wallet made from salmon leather and several pieces of salmon skin that I bought in Brittany almost 10 years ago. I was doing a lot of bookbinding at the time and I thought I'd try using it for that but I never got around to it. The pieces I have are not as thin as the German-made skins they were talking about on NPR the other day--certainly not thin enough or flexible enough to make a garment out of but they could probably be pared down to that thinness with the proper tools. That's why I never got around to using them for bookbinding. You need really, really thin leather and I didn't have the patience to pare them down.

The skins I bought still retained a whiff of the sea...actually they smelled a little like smoked fish when I got them. I must say they took the leather dyes beautifully. The colors are deep, lush and translucent, all at the same time. You can really see the pattern of the skin. The finish is very shiny and smoother than snakeskin. The wallet I have has held up very well. I think salmon skin would make lovely shoes.

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Date: 2/2/10 4:23 PM

Back in the 80's Eel leather was used for many wallets and purses.

http://www.macpheeworkshop.com/ used to have salmon skins, but I do not see them on the site now.

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Date: 2/2/10 4:25 PM

I've had a piece of fish skin leather in my sewing stash for decades. Literally. I recall ordering it from a company back in the day when you responded to magazine ads by mailing a request for a catalog, waiting for the catalog to arrive, and then mailing in your order.

I have no idea what kind of fish it came from. It is very thin, supply and glossy. About time I used it, huh?

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Date: 2/2/10 5:21 PM

Yeah...loke giant sequins...


this weekend I went to the french art deco exhibit at the met and there were several pieces covered in sharkskin..it has this great translucent bubbley llok. really beautiful.

The Mizrahi dress was interesting...I didn't love it...but it was a nifty idea. I had seen fish skin mentioned as leather in my 1870's needlework encyclopedia.they also gave directions on how to make sequins out of fish scales..and opera coats were lined in rat fur.

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Date: 2/2/10 6:32 PM

When we visited Alaska this summer, DH bought a salmon leather card case at a craft stand in Kodiak. He was told that the person selling it had made it. Very nice item.

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Date: 2/3/10 10:02 AM

I have to say that I initially thought this was a joke. Salmon Leather? seriously? And even though I'm still not sure you all aren't just pulling my leg , I'm surprised that so many of you have heard of it and that it's been around for so long.

I'm not surprised about the eel (was it a belt?) skin, because eel are just water snakes. But the thought of using fish skin. Whoever said it smelled fishy, you just made me laugh out loud.

Thanks for all of your responses. I believe that I may never have a chance to see Salmon Leather in person, but I will keep my eyes open for any opportunity.

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