• Short Summary

    The owners of the tens of thousands of wallets, purees, handbags, shoes and belts made from the tough, distinctive hide of the crocodile are unlikely to reflect upon the origins of their expensive possessions.

  • Description

    The owners of the tens of thousands of wallets, purees, handbags, shoes and belts made from the tough, distinctive hide of the crocodile are unlikely to reflect upon the origins of their expensive possessions.

    In the Far East, the crocodile skin business is a thriving industry, and Singapore, especially, is noted for its output. Currently enjoying a highly progressive commercial revolution that is making the island the most prosperous trading, industrial and banking centre in South East Asia, Singapore is still attached to is more traditional trading commodities. The manufacture of crocodile skin handbags is not a giant among the technological advances of modern industry, but Visnews cameraman Willie Phua discovered that what they can make in Singapore is still very much in demand.

    SYNOPSIS: An expensive wallet or handbag bought from a fine shop in a European capital could well have started out as a healthy, dangerous reptile on this Singapore crocodile farm.

    In Singapore, the crocodile skin business is a thriving industry, with special farms fattening up young reptiles caught in neighbouring Indonesia. Perhaps few people realise that a skin is taken from a crocodile while it still alive-- the crocodile farmer say it makes for better quality.

    A skin freshly taken from a crocodile is soaked in a lime bath to remove the hard scales. This can take up to ten days. After that the lime is washed away with an acid, and the skin's inner side is scraped clean. Dyed to a black chocolate or brown--the market's favourite colours--the skin is the given its distinctive polishing. A process of hard work throughout
    Dried, tanned and polished, the skin is then passed into the workshops for the manufacturing stage. Handbags are made in this particular Singapore workshop, b??? a crocodile's skin can also be turned into wallets, purses, she or belts. A sad story for the crocodile. Not only does he make money for his master--he ends up carrying it for the customers.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA56KKCY4NBWTB2KPOYL0BMVDWA
    Media URN:
    VLVA56KKCY4NBWTB2KPOYL0BMVDWA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/07/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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