I thought it was high time I let you know a little about the leather and buckles that I use in my craft. I’d like you to know that it is done in a sustainable manner.
I’ve been purchasing Kangaroo Hides from the same guy for the last 20 odd years. The quality is exceptional and like no other tanneries hides I’ve come across. All the Kangaroo Hides I use, are sourced from this reputable dealer who holds all the relevant licenses.
“There is an abundant supply of kangaroos in Australia amounting to far more than the number of people and of the eighty or more types of ‘roos and wallabies, only a few are commercially harvested.
The kangaroo industry in Australia is very strictly controlled by the individual state National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) and also the Federal NPWS which is called Environment Australia with strict limits and a quota system. To be able to deal in processing kangaroo products the individual or business needs to hold one or more licenses. I hold all the relevant licenses required.
The kangaroo leather I sell is vegetable tanned in Wattle Bark. This method of tanning was developed last century from the Oak tanning methods brought out to Australia by the early settlers from England.” link to source
I was also fortunate to stumble upon Crocodile Skin Buckles from R.M.Williams. Fear not, the Crocodile Leather R.M.Williams use is all sourced from an approved conservation program also.
This is the label that comes with all the Crocodile Buckles.
So, now onto what I’ve making with all these fabulous supplies…
22 Strand Crocodile Ridge Plait Kangaroo Hide Belt with a R.M.Williams Crocodile Skin Buckle.
Now tell me you don’t think this Roo belt rocks the Croc Buckle?!
I reckon the Crocodile Ridge complements the Crocodile Buckle perfectly.
22 Strand Crocodile Ridge Kangaroo Hide Belt with a R.M.Williams Crocodile Skin Buckle.
26 Strand Double Edge Plait Kangaroo Hide Belt with R.M.Williams Longhorn Buckle.
The Double Edge plait creates a subtle border to the belt and makes the belt double thickness to most plaits. This results is a beautiful, long wearing, durable belt.
26 Strand Double Edge Plait Kangaroo Hide Belt with a R.M.Williams Rope Edge Floral Longhorn Buckle. I have a belt just like this one and it’s my favourite!
26 Strand Double Edge Plait Kangaroo Hide Belt with a R.M.Williams Copper Buckle.
These belts and more pictures of them will be in my Etsy Shop soon!