Salmon Skin Transformed into Fish Leather

Participants: Kyoto Seika University - Mitsuhiro Kokita and Yuji Yonehara University of Arts London - Elisa Palomino


Researchers Mitsuhiro Kokita and Yuji Yonehara of FISHSkin’s partner Kyoto Seika University were interviewed by the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun last September. Titled "Salmon Skin Transformed into Fish Leather" the article described Seika's challenges in dyeing fish leather and the hope to expand the demand and clientele for the Kyoto traditional textile dyeing industry. The article also references traditional usage of fish skin in Ainu shoes, bags and ritual garments, and fish leather items created by the Italian fashion house Salvatore Ferragamo during the 1930s and 40s. Pictured on the right are fish leather handbags by our project's researcher, Elisa Palomino.