We are thrilled to introduce Heritage Brazil’s exotic fish skins collection. These new leathers are soft and pliable to the touch. They are increasingly used by a variety of industries, such as Fashion and Home Décor. The manufacturing process is free of heavy metals, harsh chemicals and are environmentally safe. The tanning process is based on a blend of biodegradable acrylic resins, polymers, glutaraldehyde, synthetic & vegetable tannins and natural aniline dyes. The water discarded from the tannery after treatment is suitable for, and goes straight to, irrigation, ensuring an extremely low carbon footprint. We are very excited to create new approaches to luxury goods via the usage of eco-materials that deliver high quality and exquisite beauty. Both are a byproduct of the fish processing industry, therefore a repurposed material that would have otherwise been discarded.
Pirarucu and Salmon skins can be customized in several colors and it comes in a variety of finishes such as matte, glossy, semi-glossy, metallic, iridescent, distressed, etc.
Heritage Brazil’s Home Collection is a work in progress. Please hang on for more stunning products to come!
Pirarucu (arapaima gigas) is the largest freshwater fish in the world and lives in the Amazon river. Pirarucu skin leathers are luxurious, and quite stunning due to the structure of their scales. The protection of the Pirarucu fish, the ecosystems and the respect for people and nature are the core pillars of the tannery from which we source our skins. Through sustainable fishing methods, the pirarucu fish, once close to extinction, had an increase in its population in rivers and lakes of over 425 percent in the past two decades.
Pirarucu is one of the true Green leathers in the world!
The use of fish skin has been around for millennia and it used to be commonplace in many cultures all over the world. Hunters gatherers used these skins for clothing and shoes. In fact, salmon “leather” is reported to be the second strongest leather known to man. It is thin, water-resistant and it is remarkably strong because of its natural cross-fiber structure.
There is an art behind turning fish into luxurious leather and advance technology is now breathing new life into this ancestral tradition. To that effect, since the individual salmon skins are small, the tannery in Brazil invented a proprietary process to create large salmon skins panels of 10 SF on average, by fusing many skins together converting salmon leather into a remarkable and unique material for upholstery.