Proud to present FISHSkin project to the visitors of ITMA 2023, world’s largest international textile and garment technology exhibition. As part of the spacious booth of our partner Kornit Digital, FISHSkin is presenting its circular economy and collaborative research concepts, as well as two artisanal fish leather handbags.
The handbags were designed and manually crafted by our researcher Ori Topaz from Shenkar; the skins she used were printed with her patterns prior to crafting the bags by Kornit Digital, using special adaptations for best results; tanned salmon skins are from our partner Nordic Fish Leather of Iceland.
Please stop by and say hi if you are around;
June 8-14, Fiera Milano RHO, at Kornit Digital booth.
Handbags photos: Achikam Ben Yosef
Twice a year, in the Jewish holidays’ family dinner, a traditional dish called “Gefilefish”* is being served, made of minced carp meat. Our researchers Ori Topaz and Sharon Murro, from Shenkar College, collected the leftovers from this culinary tradition – piles of local carp skins – and took it through manual domestic vegetable tanning, on the way to become a new wearable.
This work serves as a case study for using fish skins locally, and as a direct result of local culture and tradition, with sustainability and fashion impact.
The result is exhibited at the Tel Aviv Biennale of Crafts & Design 2023, opened last month at the MUZA Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv, made out of around 60 pieces of rather small carp skins.
* Gefiltefish - flat large cooked fish balls, made of carp meat, traditionally garnished with a round slice of carrot.
Photo on model: Roni Cnaani, ©MUZA Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv
Location: Milano, Italy
Lineapelle is a renowned international leather expo, the biggest annual industry showcase. The array of products, materials, and accessories were impressively diverse, and in 2020 many were designed with sustainability in mind. Seeing others thinking creatively about meeting current challenges of sustainability was inspiring and we hope to be able to present our FISHSkin project in a future Lineapelle event.