With its exotic beauty and reputation as the world’s most durable leather, stingray’s desirability is becoming increasingly less of an insider secret... and NAMU proudly presents its Shagreen Collection.
The NAMU Shagreen Collection encompasses transeasonal handbags, clutches and accessories for women and men, including elegant travel wallets with coordinating currency purses and soft cases destined to become essential to the woman’s and man’s wardrobe. For evening NAMU showcases a capsule collection of “minaudière”.
Color ranges from the most sophisticated light grey, beige, midnight blue and oxblood to bright orange, raspberry and purple.
Stingrays are neither endangered nor threatened, they are fished commercially as a primary food source and are found in abundance in the shallow, warm waters of the world, specifically throughout the pacific rim. The skin used to craft these elegant pieces is bought directly from Indonesian fishermen, who would ordinarily dispose of it after preparing the meat for sale at the local markets.
Early cultures became fascinated with the primitive beauty and grace of Stingray believing that this unique skin brought strength and power to anyone who handled it. The Backbone, resembling clusters of white pearls was thought to bring good luck and prosperity. Egyptians used the stingray hide for forging high fashioned armor and other items of immense ornamental value. Japan too had a craze for stingray skin and used it for armor and handles for samurai swords. In 1920’s Art Deco period, polished stingray leather also known as galuchat, was at its fashionable peak covering everything from furniture to jewelry boxes.
The inherent qualities of the stingray skin make it so durable that it is resistant to water, fire, puncture and tearing. The tanning process makes the skin pliable and softer without damaging durability. The natural coloring procedure of stingray leather ensures that the true final shades obtained may vary rendering each piece unique.
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