After the fish being caught, the skin would most of the time be discarded, but that’s not the case with the Pirarucu. Thanks to one Brazilian fashion brand that found a way make use of this skin for high-quality leather.
They managed to get an exotic, luxurious product while contributing to the local communities and the ecosystem in the process. There are more jobs and more income for the locals this way and much less goes to waste.
Why is Pirarucu leather so popular?
The number one reason why the Pirarucu skin is that grate is due to its scales. Besides having a really unique and stunning pattern, the scales are also incredibly hard and durable. But somehow the leather stays flexible. This way your item made of Pirarucu leather will endure much more wear and tear. The Pirarucu skin is very versatile, but it’s mostly used for:
- Boots – Cowboy boots are definitely the most popular product made of Pirarucu skin. They look absolutely amazing on anyone. Scales make it much more resistant to scratching and scuffing than the regular fish.
- Handbags – Large and simple handbags made of Pirarucu look both exotic and fashionable while giving it a longer life. These kind of accessories are definitely going to turn heads.
- Belts and wallets – Pirarucu pelts can be huge and it would be a shame to use one just for this sake. However, excess leather from other items is a perfect material for attractive and durable wallets and belts to go with your boots.
The great thing about the Pirarucu leather is that it’s organic and reusable and made in a sustainable manner. Reputable companies only use the skin of the fish that’s already caught for food. This way the fish is not being exploited for fashion and they give it more respect by making sure nothing goes to waste.