With the ability to be fashioned and used like leather, our leather product can be dyed in a variety of colors and the patterns are amazing and beautiful as well as functional. Although small, and irregular in size, Snapping Turtle Leather has a unique , rugged appearance unmatched by any other leather.
Only a short while ago, our leather would have never been put to use. This leather comes from a species know as “The Common Snapping Turtle” (Chelydra serpentina). Harvested from the eastern half of the United States, it is used as a traditional American food source for soups & gumbos.
Our leather does not come from the more dramatic-looking Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temminckii). The Alligator Snapping turtle lives predominantly in the southern US and Mexico. It is on conservation watch as a protected species.
While our discovery was simply by chance we saw it’s potential. We have taken great measures to ensure an ethical approach to using a resource that hadn’t been developed yet.
We haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of what could possibly be made with our leather, but we hope to see it beautifully crafted in new and unusual ways.
“It’s exciting that we are able to create a new product from this useful resource.”