Kenyan fish skin leather for fashion industry

In Kenya, a local food factory has managed to turn fish skin into leather that can be used in clothing. In Kenya’s north rift valley of Kitale Victorian Foods has invented a procedure that works fish skin into leather for garments.  

The factory processes Nile perch fish from Lake Turkana in Kenya’s north. According to a report by AfricaNews, the skin is put in a tannery machine after its scales are removed and soaked for an hour. Then banana extract is added to remove fish odour and salt to strengthen the fiber. After soaking for another eight hours, the fish leather is ready for use. 

According to the food processor, the fish skin leather has been used to make shoes, jackets, handbags and purses. Also, the automobile industry has shown interest to use fish leather for car interior decor. 

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