Our Trip To Western Australia travel blog

Oh this looks nice and only $175

Intereror of the Gift Shop

Goods in a sealed display case.

Today’s outing of interest was to Mermaid Leather. This is a fish skin tannery. It has always seemed strange to me...The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the cocomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.

It appears to be a labour intensive all hands on method to tan the fish skins. The finished product is quite like animal leather but with a scale pattern on the outer face.

First the skins are cleaned of all remaining flesh with a draw knife over a block of timber, and then it gets soaked in a proprietary tanning solution, died (using all natural colours) and dried…..

Now the catch, though the uses for this are limited only by the imagination the prices for the finished product are not for the feint hearted or those of limited financial means. Carol seized on a ladies wallet in the “bargain bin” and it was $175 so it’s still in the bargain bin. Handbags with a “Fish Leather embellishment” started around $350. I’m not knocking the product, I think it’s a brilliant use of what would be another wise waste product and nothing is wasted, even fish scales are died and used to make such things as poppies for Remembrance Day. It’s very clever and interesting; just out of the reach of the average punter, or should that be fisherperson? Still quality is long remembered after the cost has been forgotten.

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