Fish Skin Jacket

a windbreaker made of salmon skin

Category:
shirt/vest
Description:

Light and waterproof, the skins of the toughest oldest fish can be sewn with sinew into pale translucent windbreakers with hoods. If it’s cold, one solution is to stuff the jacket with grass. Sleeves can be gathered to keep out rain.

The patterns on the fish are visible on the finished garment. The finished garments usually have a striped appearance. Kept in good repair, a fish skin jacket will last ten years.

Matching kilts and trousers are available.

Bio:

There are only a handful of Hezhen and Nanai people (in China and Siberia) who can still make fish skin garments. They use yellow croaker, pike, carp, ‘big head’ and salmon. This art will probably die out within our generation.

Fish Skin Jacket

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