All python products are bound by CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) which is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival – LING WU, our suppliers and manufacturers are bound by the CITES agreement. The skins we use are not from endangered species, but from more common species of Python – Reticulated Python and Brongersmai Python – that are not endangered. All LINGWU python skins are sustainably sourced and processed in Java and Sumatra Indonesia.
LING WU uses mostly back cut skins for our collection. A ‘back cut’ python skin are also referred as belly skin and are more popular in high fashion and dominate the fashion industry with their 3D dimensional look. The belly scales are larger and more textured which then becomes a design feature of the finished product.
A graceful finish
Unique finishes to the skins is what makes a LING WU bag special. An extremely time-consuming technique is the ‘bottle-rolling’ of the skins. The skins are literally rolled with glass bottles by hand to produce a soft, shiny surface that still retains the beautifully organic texture of the scales. After the skins have been bottle-rolled a special glaze coating is applied to the surface to seal and protect the skins.