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Handmade in Kenya: The Story Behind Our Ethical Fish Leather Wallets

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As an ethical fashion brand, we strive to create products that are both sustainable and socially responsible. That's why we're so proud of our handmade fish leather wallets, which are handmade in Kenya using locally sourced materials. In this article, I'll take you on a journey through the world of fish leather, explaining how it's made, why it's sustainable, and what makes our wallets so special.

Introduction to Fish Leather

Fish leather is a unique and sustainable alternative to traditional leather, made from the skins of fish that are typically discarded as waste. Fish leather is created using natural tanning and dyeing methods. This makes it a much more environmentally friendly option, with a much lower carbon footprint.

Fish leather has been used for centuries in countries such as Iceland, where it was originally developed as a way to preserve fish skins for clothing and footwear. Today, fish leather is gaining popularity as a fashion material due to its unique texture and appearance. It's also becoming more widely recognized as a sustainable alternative to traditional leather, which is a notoriously environmentally damaging industry.

How Fish Leather is Made

The process of creating fish leather is similar to the creation of any other leather. First, the fish skins must be cleaned and de-scaled,- this is done by women in Kisumu. It’s  then soaked in a bath of water and salt to remove any remaining impurities. The skins are then tanned using natural plant-based tannins, which give the leather its characteristic texture and durability.

Once the tanning process is complete, the leather is ready to be dyed and finished. At this stage, natural dyes such as indigo or turmeric can be used to create a range of colors, from deep blues to bright yellows. Finally, the leather is treated with oils or waxes to give it a soft, supple texture that's suitable for use in clothing, bags, and other accessories.

The Sustainability of Fish Leather

One of the key benefits of using fish leather is its sustainability. Fish skins are a byproduct of the fishing industry, which means that they would otherwise go to waste. By using these skins to create leather, we're able to reduce the amount of waste generated by the industry and create a valuable new resource.

Fish leather is also much more environmentally friendly than traditional leather, which requires large amounts of water, energy, and chemicals to produce. By using natural tanning and dyeing methods, we're able to create a product that has a much lower carbon footprint and is less damaging to the environment.

The Story Behind Our Handmade Fish Leather Wallets

Ecodunia fish leather wallets are handmade in Kenya by a team of skilled artisans. We work with local fish people in Kisumu to source our fish skins, which are then tanned and dyed using traditional methods. The wallets themselves are fashioned from high-quality leather and feature a range of unique, minimalist designs and colors.

What makes our wallets truly special, however, is the fact that they're part of a larger social enterprise. Our brand is committed to creating sustainable, ethical jobs in Kenya, and we work closely with our artisans to provide fair wages and safe working conditions. By purchasing one of our wallets, you're not just getting a beautiful and sustainable accessory – you're also supporting a community of skilled artisans and helping to promote ethical fashion practices.

The Benefits of Using Fish Leather

In addition to its sustainability benefits, fish leather also has a number of unique characteristics that make it an excellent material for accessories such as wallets. For one, it's incredibly durable and long-lasting, meaning that your wallet will stand up to years of use without showing signs of wear and tear.

Fish leather also has a unique texture and appearance that sets it apart from traditional leathers. The scales and patterns on the leather give it a distinctive look that's both eye-catching and stylish. Finally, fish leather is incredibly versatile, and can be used to create a range of accessories, from wallets to purses to belts and beyond.

The Future of Fish Leather

As the fashion industry continues to move towards more sustainable and ethical practices, we believe that fish leather will become an increasingly popular material choice. Its unique texture and appearance, combined with its sustainability benefits, make it an excellent alternative to traditional leather.

We're proud to be at the forefront of this movement, creating high-quality, handmade fish leather wallets that are both stylish and sustainable. We believe that by promoting ethical fashion practices and supporting local communities, we can create a better future for everyone.

Where to Purchase Handmade Fish Leather Wallets

If you're interested in purchasing one of our handmade fish leather wallets, you can find them on our website. We offer a range of colors and designs to choose from, so you're sure to find one that suits your style.

How to Care for Your Fish Leather Wallet

Caring for your fish leather wallet is relatively simple. To keep it looking its best, avoid exposing it to direct sunlight or heat, as this can cause the leather to dry out and crack. If your wallet becomes dirty, simply wipe it down with a damp cloth and mild soap. Avoid using harsh chemicals or solvents, as these can damage the leather.


We hope that this article has given you a better understanding of the world of fish leather, and why it's such an exciting and sustainable material choice. By choosing to use fish leather in our handmade wallets, we're able to create a product that's both stylish and socially responsible. We believe that by promoting ethical fashion practices and supporting local communities, we can create a better future for everyone.

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