Salmon is one of Scotland’s most feted foods, but who knew those scaly skins could be so useful and attractive on anything other than fish?

Chilean fashion designer Claudia Escobar, that’s who.

Not only did she see a source of cheap raw material in the masses of salmon skin discarded worldwide every year, she has managed to make it into a line of luxury clothing.

Her Lycra-trimmed, ultra-mini salmon-skin bikini, which she describes as durable and elastic, sells for about 250 pounds ($494.9) and a pair of trousers fetches around 750 pounds. Workers receive half the sale value and there is almost no overhead, she said.

“It’s amazing, it’s a used product and you transform it into a product with added value.”

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