I have had this piece of natural kangaroo (not coloured in any way) sitting in my drawer for some time, wondering what to make with it. In the past, I have made phone cases using similar leather, which over time developed a lovely deep, vintage patina. I have found this natural patina to be very sought after because it creates a lovely warm, well loved and “been around” feeling to an object.
So, I thought, if I could do a watch strap, and the same patina would develop over a period of time, the results could be quite pleasing. I have captured the making process in a few behind the scenes photos here under.
I have decided to make a rolled edge strap, using light brown stitching, done by hand. The rolled edge technique is very suitable to kangaroo leather, because of the great working properties of this leather. I have documented the process and are showing that with a couple of photos so you can see how this strap came about.
The result was a very pleasing strap, and even without any patina, I think this is already a very pleasing and versatile strap. And the fact that it was done in Kangaroo, makes it as durable as any watch strap you will ever find. This strap is hand stitched, and I am using a stainless steel buckle.
The next step was to decide on a watch to wear this with. When my gold Seiko Sea horse came back from a service, I thought it a perfect match. What I have found to be a further bonus of the natural colour, is the fact that it goes perfectly with either gold or stainless steel. Please note that the colours in the photos have distorted somewhat. The closest to the real colour is the above photo, “Beginning with the stitching”
This strap could be further customised to match a specific watch, use white, or even dark brown stitching, or if your a bit more adventurous, it can be done in a range of colours, such as yellow, red, blue. Often the addition of a bit of colour, usually to match a similar colour on the watch, adds a surprisingly pleasant touch to any watch strap, especially lighter coloured ones such as this.
Kangaroo leather is probably the strongest leather by weight that is available, and its thin dimension and wonderful working properties (I only use vegetable tanned hides) make it absolutely ideal for watch straps.
Kangaroo are sustainably harvested in Australia, and the meat sold in supermarkets for human consumption and also in pet food.
Kangaroo straps are currently available in red, black, dark and light brown, and off course in the natural state. From time to time I do have access to other fashion colours, so if you have a special request, let me know, and I can see what is available.
Natural Kangaroo straps start at 42.00 AU each. Registered postage in Australia is 6.00 AU. International postage varies, so please ask for a price if you are from outside Australia.