Friday, June 1, 2012

Shagreen Sheen:Rayfish sneakers

Rayfish claims in the future consumers can select an unique pattern which will be grown on a live stingray. Once the fish is big enough to be harvested, it becomes a pair of Rayfish sneakers. Scientists at Rayfish's acquaculture facility in Thailand use a process called bio-customization to produce these shoes. Customers apparently mix and match various patterns of stingrays, then workers combine DNA strands to match the design of their choice. As the ray grows and matures, it expresses the predetermined patterns on its skin. Stingray leather, also known as shagreen, has been in use for centuries, but never before have Stingrays been genetically manipulated to be harvested for cosmetic purposes. Shagreen shoes cost approximately $US 1,800,

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