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In the Dutch meat industry, cow stomachs are a waste product; unfit for anything but dog food. For me, the rich, organic textures make these animal innards a fascinating material. Each of the cow’s four stomachs has different properties, shaped by their function. Some are like winding landscapes, others are almost reptilian. In a labour-intensive tanning process, I was able to transform their raw, natural aesthetic in a unique range of leathers with their own look and feel. Made into handbags, Ventri  reveals how slaughterhouse remnants can become luxurious design.





Top picture by Femke Rijerman
Model: Patricia Mokosi

During Salone del Mobile a collaboration with Moooi will be presented at The Museum of Extinct Animals. Ventri is also part of the Not for Sale exhibition of Design Academy Eindhoven in Milan.

The Ventri handbags are part of the exhibition at DOES ZevenendZes until May 2018.




The Ventri Book! 64 pages with beautiful pictures of the tanning process of the cow stomach! The book shows how the rich, organic textures of these animal innards make a fascinating material. Some are like winding landscapes, others are almost reptilian. Through a tanning process, Billie van Katwijk was able to transform their raw, natural aesthetic in a unique range of leathers with their own look and feel. Made into handbags, Ventri reveals how cow stomachs can become luxurious design.

Limited edition
64 pages of cow stomach poetry
Beautiful 150 grs textured paper
Stitched bound
Dustjacket
17 x 24 cm