What Is Pirarucu Leather?
Sounds like some form of strange creature you would not want to come across, in fact it is a fish!
But this is no ordinary fish, this is a fish so big, it can be used as an alternative to bovine leather. This is one of them fish from the River Monster programme. Pirarucu fish, also called Arapaima or Paiche. They are a freshwater fish that can grow to over 2 metres long and weigh over 100 kilos, not something you want to come across while have a leisurely swim !!!
River Monster Pirarucu Fish
The fish are farmed for food due to the size of this fish; the skins are then turned to leather as that is what is left over.
These skins are made in Brazil as this monster fish is from the Amazon basin and surrounding lakes and swamps.
Many different types of goods are made from the Pirarucu skin, from boots to handbags, purses to car seats, leather jackets to sofa cushions and so much more.
Cleaning can be done with care, using a luxury leather cleaner, along with a protection cream to ensure the smooth to touch scally finish stays supple to avoid drying out. A regular coating of protection cream will ensure this fish skin stays in perfect shape, it’s also advised that every now and then a coat of softening crème should be applied.
Pirarucu Fish are enormous creatures have been seen over two meters long and over 100 kilos in weight, that’s some fish for the locals, a tannery has now joined forces with the locals as the skins were just going to waste and a tannery has now taken all waste fish skins and giving money to the locals for these to help them grow other items with the Amazon basin.