IFFTI Conference 2020: Social Justice Through Fashion

Location: Kent State University, USA Participants:

University of Arts London - Elisa Palomino, Edwin Phiri

Iceland University of the Arts - Katrín María Káradóttir



The paper ‘Indigenous Fish Skin Craft Revived Through Contemporary Fashion' by researchers of the FISHSkin project has received the Senior Researcher Award by International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI).

The paper looks at the role of fish skin in the Arctic as a way to bridge knowledge and social justice between generations and cultures, and to nurture resilience during times of change and transformation.


The paper examines a case study of Atlantic Leather tannery and its role in preserving the rich cultural traditions that have been developed within the Icelandic fishing industry while processing fish leather. The production process has brought this historic eco-luxury material back into fashion and provided Blue jobs for coastal dwellers in remote rural areas, maintaining the viability of the fisheries sector and attracting young people to work in them, therefore promoting social justice through inclusive jobs.