These are dyed dark mauve crucian carp skins. The tanned carp skins have a glazed finish and are soft and pliable. They have a distinctive fish scale pattern, which makes them look unique from other leathers.
The skins measured down the middle are approximately 16 to 21 inches long by 3.5 to 4.5 inches wide.
Glazing adds a protectant to the outside surface of the leather. The glazed leather surface will be water-resistant and protect against dirt, grease, and excessive wear.
Fish leather can be used to make shoes, handbags, belts, hats, wallets, and many other apparel and accessory items. It may also be used for jewellery and book binding.
The fish skins come from canneries that would otherwise have been thrown back into the water as waste products.
A USFWS export permit is required for shipments outside of the United States.