Shop Etsy

Turning the Tide

Nov 5, 2013

by Stephanie Madewell

Andrew David Watson‘s directorial work focuses on the world of craftsmanship and heritage. In this short video, he explores the fascinating world of Etsy shop Khogy, which aims to inspire environmental action with accessories made from local waste materials in Sri Lanka.

Khogy’s founders, Jenny and Caroline, are committed environmentalists and entrepreneurs. When they learned of the millions of tons of fish skins discarded every year by the fishing industry, they saw an opportunity. By reclaiming tuna skins, tanning them, and transforming them into a unique collection of leather accessories, they are creating objects that share a powerful story about the world we live in.

62 comments

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    What a beautiful and unique aesthetic!

  • amysfunkyfibers

    Amy Gunderson from amysfunkyfibers said 5 years ago

    It's great to see something found being used for such lovely work. The textures are really interesting. The best to you!

  • volkerli

    Lindsey Volker from ArtAndFawn said 5 years ago

    Such an interesting story and beautiful products! The use of video really brings this shop's story to life.

  • ThreeBarDGifts

    Monica from ThreeBarDGifts said 5 years ago

    I'm so impressed by the beauty of the items created from fish skins! How wonderful it would be if all potential waste could be transformed into serviceable products such as these. May you have abundant success with your shop! Lovely video!

  • PepitasStudio

    Pepitas House from PepitasStudio said 5 years ago

    I have enjoyed the video so much. I admire her passion for reusing materials that otherwise will be overlooked or wasted.

  • EdelweissPost

    Patrick from EdelweissPost said 5 years ago

    The pattern and texture of fish scales is like nothing else -- and the scales have left their many tiny impressions on the leather in such beautiful designs. I love the thousand little messages these scales leave behind, almost as if speaking on behalf of the wild fish which may one day all be gone. "We were here once," they seem to say.

  • AbleAprons

    Erika Kelly from PortlandApronCompany said 5 years ago

    Wow, what a creative and beautiful way to promote awareness! And I love that they even use the custom lining as a way to add to the message. Beautiful!

  • WhisperingOak

    Quality Handmade Items from WhisperingOak said 5 years ago

    I am moved by the video. Especially the last sentence. Now I wondering what my grandchildren will never see. These are beautiful pieces.

  • kararane

    Kara Rane from kararane said 5 years ago

    very touching sentiment *tears* .. hopefully awareness can 'turn the tide'. best wishes in growing your vision.

  • BeulahVida

    BeulahVida from BeulahVida said 5 years ago

    The texture of the fish scales looks wonderful! Very nice video and shop.

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 5 years ago

    Amazing!

  • agebo

    Ann Cosgrove from acbcDesign said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring! Love the message and product - hope you find much success!

  • kathyjohnson3

    Kathy Johnson from kathyjohnson3 said 5 years ago

    Wow! Totally amazing idea! Thank-you for the inspiring video!

  • genisepark

    Genise Park from genisepark said 5 years ago

    Interesting, but would have liked to seen how the leather is processed, hard to imagine with out some chemicals being used in it's treatment which can also be a pollutant.

  • jizbasusan

    Susan Jizba from TheWeaverOfWords said 5 years ago

    Jenny and Caroline have such a wonderful visionary philosophy for their local business! In order to conserve and protect our beautiful environment it makes sense to reuse, recycle. They definitely do their part in an enormously clever way of taking objects of waste and transforming them into functional objects of beauty!

  • BeadingTimes

    Zeynep from ZeyJewel said 5 years ago

    Great products!!

  • FireIslandSoap

    Billy Bubbles from FireIslandSoap said 5 years ago

    gnarly stuff!

  • MrsGingerandWasabi

    Marta DQ from tribomo said 5 years ago

    Very interesting and creative work with beautiful pieces. Congrats on the feature!

  • anointmade

    Kelly from RootAndRoam said 5 years ago

    Wow...amazing philosophy!

  • funkomavintage

    Tressie from funkomavintage said 5 years ago

    such a sweet and pretty factory!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 5 years ago

    If a creature MUST give its life to be eaten, then it makes sense to utilise every part of it. I like the sense of honouring the dead fish by ensuring that no part of them goes to waste, & I'm grateful to be alive now rather than in 100 years time, when so much of the world will have been destroyed.

  • gilstrapdesigns

    Debra Gilstrap from gilstrapdesigns said 5 years ago

    Great video very interesting you are so resourceful and you make very beautiful pieces.

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    D George from GeorgieGirlLLC said 5 years ago

    Such an inspiring story and video!! Pinning to Pinterest now!!

  • sewandneedle

    Norrasak Ramasute from SewAndNeedle said 5 years ago

    Outstanding

  • ebkriley

    EBK Riley from DeeAndFee said 5 years ago

    Such a pleasure to see great design that is also great for the environment.

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 5 years ago

    I wonder why fish leather is not a common material? I never thought about it before. It only makes sense to utilize everything rather than waste so much. I agree with the shop owner's concern about overfishing and the horrible pollution of the Earth's oceans, lakes and waterways that threaten everything living in them. Humans have to stop living as if nothing else matters but our comfort and convenience. I hope we can realize what we are doing as a species and turn things around before it is too late. Thank you for this video and best wishes to the Khogy Store.

  • TheHickoryTree

    Linda from TheHickoryTree said 5 years ago

    Wow.... who knew that Tuna had such a tough skin. Never even thought this was possible before I saw this video. What's next salmon leather sandals or perhaps trout leather trousers, the world is definitely our oyster.

  • DeEscalaArt

    BEATRIZ DE ESCALA from DeEscalaArt said 5 years ago

    What a Great Idea..Love it.

  • gescate

    Gino Escate from Gygante said 5 years ago

    Great story! Congratulations!

  • GoddessOfJewelry

    GoddessOfJewelry from GoddessOfJewelry said 5 years ago

    Wow...those are so pretty! Who would have known that tuna skin can be so beautiful!

  • kattaime

    Elizabeth from AtolyeMetiista said 5 years ago

    Fascinating! I also didn't know that fish skin could be tanned into leather. Always assumed it was too delicate to be used in this manner. This is great! I'm all for reducing waste wherever possible.

  • Agasart

    Aga from AgasJourney said 5 years ago

    Truly beautiful and inspiring. Best wishes for the future!

  • PattiTrostle

    Patti Trostle from PattiTrostle said 5 years ago

    Great items!

  • lmouer

    Lynsey from lmouer said 5 years ago

    What a great concept and idea. Thank you for sharing! Well done!

  • laurastark

    Laura Stark from laurastark said 5 years ago

    What a moving video! It is so inspiring to see people reusing materials in ways that weren't thought of before. Bravo to them!

  • taliladesign

    Talila from TalilaDesign said 5 years ago

    WOW!! what a beautiful colors :)

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Great article! Bravo!

  • nat1489

    Natalie Jacob from EtymologyJewelry said 5 years ago

    Reduse, reuse, recycle. Repeat- Awesome!

  • ejaejovna

    Nyuta Orlova from EjaEjovna said 5 years ago

    Wow! It's really great work! Love it!

  • Kam2012

    Kam from RiverGoddessBoutique said 5 years ago

    I love that you make something beautiful from so called waste products. Its also great that local expertise is used to create these awesome and unique products. Wish you much success. : )

  • AmandaJHoffman

    Amanda Hoffman from AJHStudio said 5 years ago

    So awesome! What a beautiful transformation of an object!

  • SamSammie

    Sam from SamieSam said 5 years ago

    Inspiring!

  • jasminzorlu

    Jasmin Zorlu from JasminZorlu said 5 years ago

    Wow! Congratulations on your feature. I use Nile Perchskin, Salmonskin, Carpskin, and Wolffish leather in my handmade hats. I never knew you could tan tuna! I'm so excited to have a fellow fishskin lover on Etsy, creating beautiful, vegetable tanned products.

  • berwickdc

    Benjamin Serres from BerwickDC said 5 years ago

    Such a beautiful and unique material!

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger said 5 years ago

    Never heard of using this type of skin...Interesting...

  • cassandraellen13

    Cassandra from CasstheCrafter said 5 years ago

    Wow this material is beautiful! I love recycling in my shop and I'm glad others do too!

  • RedRobinArt

    R. Grigsby from RedRobinArt said 5 years ago

    How amazing! So resourceful and innovative ideas. Congratulations, and the best to you!

  • HansHolzkopf

    Natalie from HansHolzkopf said 5 years ago

    wow! very unique!

  • ASHYL

    Kerime Sevilen Mustafaoglu from ASHYL said 5 years ago

    Beautiful story!

  • Misstroye

    Troye from SobahSobee said 5 years ago

    Inspiring, encouraging, phenomenal, awesome.... well done!

  • haruaki

    Tiffany Key from resinjewelryHARUAKI said 5 years ago

    Amazing! I am always in awe with how creative humans can be. Wishing you the best!

  • terraingifts2818

    Terrarium Gifts from AGiftofNature said 5 years ago

    This is quite interesting!

  • ellenruben

    Ellen Ruben from EllenRuben said 5 years ago

    Great story/ all the best guys

  • MakeMeUnique

    Tara from CrowdCapture said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature. I loved watching the video clip it is very inspirational to see what you are doing.

  • KatieMarieHorn

    Cat Horn from CatMHorn said 5 years ago

    I never knew tuna skin could be tanned and turned into leather. Who knew. My husband would love these items. Great work.

  • snowflakesara20

    Sara from UrbanFarmhouseTampa said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring story!

  • KylieO

    KylieO from KylieO said 5 years ago

    There is a tannery for fish leather, Mermaid Leather, in Esperance, Western Australia that has been tanning the skins of several different fish including shark (an amazing leather) in natural dyes for over 18 years now. Their product is amazing to work with, fish leather is so durable yet soft and the shark becomes like a mild sandpaper that is as tough as nails. Nine years ago I made my eldest daughter her first walking shoes with cherry red Pink Snapper uppers and grey shark soles, she had a good grip on the ground!

  • Motleycouture

    Motleycouture from Motleycouture said 5 years ago

    Wonderful idea! Great video! Beautiful crafstmanship! Thank you!

  • ForestSpiritArts

    Nathalie from ForestSpiritArt said 5 years ago

    Inspiring story, texture of fish looks so beautiful.

  • SeaRiffic

    Jodi from SeaRifficCreations said 5 years ago

    I love it! I use fish scales to create beautiful flower hair clips, and floral arrangements. I truly enjoy seeing the fish used like this, and turned into such unique and beautiful things.

  • theartofthehome

    Lisa from TheArtoftheHome said 5 years ago

    Wow that brought tears to my eyes!! What a beautiful idea.

  • korenkwan

    Koren Kwan from GarasuWonderland said 4 years ago

    Lovely ideas~

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