The dark blue of our fish leather leads us into the water of the North Atlantic. With the gently applied golden shimmer we associate the stars of the night sky, which are reflected sparkling on the surface of the sea. The blue of the sky and the sea flow together on the horizon. The winds can be unpredictable. On the sea. On the island. We remember the sudden storms in the highlands that willingly pushed the flowers of the sea thrift back and forth.
Midnight blue salmon and perch leather and the white sea thrift
Sea thrift (Armeria maritima)
Delicate splashes of color in the rough highlands
The sea thrift is a typical beach plant. The salty water of the sea cannot harm it. It excretes the salt via special glands on the leaf surface. This perennial thrives even in the interior of the island on extensive gravel and sand deserts. In moist areas, it grows in small, individual tuffs close to the ground. Drought can be a danger. However, the aggressive, unstable winds are more threatening because they blow away the crumbly soil between the roots of these small cushion plants. In the short summer months, the sea thrift with its white and pink flowers conjures up a splash of color in the gray wasteland of the highlands.
Midnight blue salmon leather
Salmon skin has small, neatly arranged scale pockets resulting in leather that looks both lavish and delicate. Often the lateral line of the fish is recognisable and enriches an otherwise quiet texture with fascinating colour nuances.
The salmon skin is preserved using the mineral tanning technique. The natural pigmentation of the fish is removed after tanning, so that the applied color is drawn evenly over the fish leather.
The Icelandic tannery only uses skins from edible fish that would otherwise be thrown away as waste from the fish processing industry. The fish skins come from aquacultures from the North Atlantic, such as around the Faroe Islands and Norway, and not from endangered wildlife populations. The fish are not listed in the Washington Conservation Agreement (CITES).
Midnight blue perch leather
Nile perch (Lates niloticus)
The large, often irregularly arranged scale pockets give the perch skin’s texture a wild character. The Nile perch is, so to speak, the rock star among fish leathers.
The raw material of our perch skins comes from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Around Lake Victoria, where the Nile perch was released in the 1960s, it is prized as a valuable edible fish. Its catch relieves the burden on the ecosystem, since the predatory fish has reproduced spectacularly and displaces traditional cichlid species.
The sea blue perch leather is made with the help of mineral tanning. After the tanning process, the natural pigmentation is removed from the fish skin so that the applied shade runs evenly over the fish leather.