Eel skin has been used to make clothing for centuries. The Native Americans were the first to use it. The use of eel skin was also in use in the Victorian Era. During the
1880s it became popular in the making of the very tight trousers which were favored by men who were known as Mashers – this was the term which was coined at the time for the Dandy, the well-dressed Gent.
The majority of the Conger eel skin, which is used today in the making of purses, wallets, shoes and garments is raised on farms in South Korea. The South Koreans do eat the meat of the eel and in turn the skins are sold to manufacturers. This makes this leather a very sustainable product.
Eel skin is lightweight but very strong. It’s also very supple which makes it easier to cut and shape than regular cowhide or pigskin leathers. It also absorbs dyes very easily and the colors are very vibrant due to its natural sheen.
It is gaining in popularity with many top designers due to its unique grain, ease of use and the fact that it is eco-sustainable.
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