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.

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.

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.

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