“Precious Skin” Turns Cow Ears, Snouts Into Zero-Waste Accessories

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Precious Skin by Victoria Ledig is a unique collection of handbags made from unusual cow body parts that not only shows how much of each animal is wasted, but also how well-disguised leather products often are. Heads, tails, ears, and lower legs, all of which are unmistakable parts of a dead cow, were used to construct the bags. The upcycled materials help to create value from something that used to be considered waste, while the designs themselves force people to reevaluate their opinion.

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Ledig created the handbags for her graduation project at the Design Academy Eindhoven, who describes the human fascination with leather. “It is beautiful, precious and grotesque at the same time. We sometimes forget that touching leather is to handle a former living being’s hide. Most leather is processed to the point of becoming unrecognizable as what it is and this contributes to a general attitude, which I chose to question in this project.”

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The vegetable-tanned Dutch calf leather, which was provided by ECCO Leather, and would otherwise have been processed further into unrecognizable animal ingredients, maintains all of its natural form and texture. This means you can’t ignore the fact you’re about to put your money inside a cow’s ear, or apply some makeup from its lower leg. As Ledig puts it, “This way the animal’s presence and past lies undeniably in every touch of each leather bag.”

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2 Responses to ““Precious Skin” Turns Cow Ears, Snouts Into Zero-Waste Accessories”

  1. la femme futura says:

    This is eco gone completely wrong, what a disgusting idea and not applaudable at all. Where’s your better judgement?? Eco has to be vegetarian otherwise you are utterly hypocritical. The impact of the meat industry on the environment is proven to be heavy.

  2. charliesays says:

    I totally agree. How distasteful and as a vegan not just for the animals but also for the environment the meat industry is so damaging. I can’t see how using a few more bits of skin will help other to make people feel a bit sick looking at these vile products. Maybe they’ll go veggie?

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