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Amazonian Fish Skin Fabrics

Oskar Metsavaht's Scaly Garments are an Alternative to Leather

— November 15, 2018 — Eco
Brazil-based designer Oskar Metsavaht stuns consumers with an innovative garment material made from Amazonian fish skin. The creative seeks to address the problem of deforestation and attempts to do so by addressing a hefty factor of the unfortunate phenomenon — cattle ranching.

Oskar Metsavaht's scaly garments are made from the skin of the Amazonian fish pirarucu. The textured exterior alone makes for a strikingly chic element that renders the items unique and interesting. A viable alternative to leather, the material is a by-product of the food industry. Pirarucu is a dominant component to the north Brazilian diet but people often prefer to discard the skin. Oskar Metsavaht takes advantage of this, adding a degree of sustainability to his practice as well.
Trend Themes
1. Sustainable Fashion - The use of Amazonian fish skin as an alternative to leather presents an opportunity for sustainable fashion.
2. Circular Economy - The utilization of a by-product from the food industry for fashion presents an opportunity for a circular economy.
3. Environmentally Friendly Materials - The use of Amazonian fish skin presents an opportunity to create environmentally friendly materials for various products.
Industry Implications
1. Fashion - The fashion industry can consider using Amazonian fish skin as an alternative to traditional leather in their products.
2. Food - The food industry can explore partnerships with the fashion industry to provide materials from fish skins for sustainable fashion.
3. Sustainability - The environmental sustainability industry can offer consultation and solutions to businesses looking to adopt more environmentally friendly practices, such as the use of Amazonian fish skin in fashion.
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