Escobar, who came to Scotland four years ago, said she sees fashion as a tool to help women overcome poverty by taking traditional, local materials and molding them into high-priced luxury items. She said tanned fish skins have long been used in Russia and Japan, where they were used to bind sword handles.
She has worked with Mapuche Indians in South America and women inwhere she sent them a technique for using fish skins based on their own method of treating goat skins.
As well as a source for helping the poor, making money and giving life to her creative talents, the 37-year old Escobar also has fish to thank for her love life. She met her boyfriend at an aquarium while doing research.