Posted on December 08 2017
KOBJA is a unique collection of fashion accessories for men and women, created and developed by Monika Jarosz. As a small child, her grandmother told her fairytales, which increased her fascination with animals and insects day by day... Her subsequent experience in fashion modelling would help her to open her eyes to design, with its lines, volumes and materials... She very quickly understood that it was possible to work with the products of nature, the trigger which led her to develop her first leather accessory: a purse made from frog skin, available in several models and sizes.
It took many months of research, fine-tuning and testing to “give birth” to her first collection of KOBJA accessories. Monika only works with complete frog skins, which, once recovered, are tanned and transformed by taxidermists, using a unique, detailed process. It takes more than 14 stages to obtain a high quality leather! The colours of the leather are produced at the tawery in Millau, while the assembly and ne stitching work are done at KOBJA’s Parisian workshop, a process which makes each piece totally unique.
Eco-friendly. Do something for the environment. This frog is harmful to the eco-system and is in the process of destroying several Oceanic species. Since these problems began, animal defence associations have therefore recommended its selective elimination. It is a non-protected species, which was introduced into Oceania from South America. In this way, each skin is recycled, not destroyed.
Depending on the culture and ethnic group, living or dried frogs or toads are symbols of prosperity, fertility, luck, success, strength, courage, wealth and luxury. In China they are considered to be a moon goddess. In the West, the toad was a royal sun symbol before the eur-de-lys and featured on the standard of Clovis, King of the Franks. Toads were also thought to possess a toadstone in their head, a magical stone that cured all bites and stings and, when placed on a ring, would pale in colour in the presence of poison.
Words by Monica Jarosz
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