Stingrays are neither endangered nor threatened, they are available in abundance. This means that they can be used for many different applications and Stingray leather is currently making a comeback in the Fashion Industry.
Leather was used frequently throughout history, but most frequently in Japan. It was used to make armour and sword handles because of its incredible strength. It was also very popular throughout the 1920’s Art Deco period. It was polished up and the end fabric was called ‘Shagreen.’ Stingray leather has only really become popular and commercially viable in the past 20 years. It is used in many applications as a replacement to other types of exotic leather, as it is not rare at all. Sting ray leather has been found on Ancient Egyptian artifacts and Samurai clothing. It was popularised in 1774 by artist Jean-Claude Galluchat as he used it on many decorative pieces.
Like many other types of leather, Stingray leather is a by product of the meat industry. Stingray is a delicacy in many parts of the world, and can be a substitute for scallops and other types of seafood. Sting ray leather is usually kept its natural colour as it has such an interesting grain pattern, it can be dyed, and some parts dye better than others, creating a very interesting surface pattern.
Properties of Stingray
- Shiny, Pebbly texture
- Really durable, worlds most durable leather
- Resistant to water, Fire, puncturing, tearing and abrasion
- Rough, hard texture
- Available in abundance
- Really interesting grain pattern
- Usually kept its natural colour as it is so unique
- Each piece of stingray leather is unique
Uses of Stingray in Fashion Past and Present
- Used in ancient times for armour
- Motorcycle clothing
- Avant Garde fashion in Asia
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