The purpose of this post is to give a clear understanding to our beloved Muslim customers on the pig skin lining issue. So as a responsible seller, we have the responsible to let you know how to differentiate real pig skin lining made and manmade/ Artificial PU made.
Many of us distinguish pig skin lining based on “3 dots” print. Yes, this is one of the way, but many of manmade or artificial PU have 3 dots print as well. So how we differentiate?
Big companies such as TOPSHOP, FOREVER21, ALDO and others like to use pig skin lining to make their shoes. One of the reasons are pig skin lining is the cheapest material among animals skin, they can save a lot of costs if compare with cow skin, crocodile skin or even snake skin. China people like to wear apparel that made from real skin, so pig lining is the first option to them in order to save production cost. But it’s not cheap also! Normally pig skin lining made will cost you at least RM100! Our manufacturer can’t afford to use this material to make such low price of shoes.
We will check with manufacturers to ensure the materials that used to make the shoes, they also declared the material content in the product details. So why it appear “3 dots” on the shoes? They told us as most of shoes are manmade leather. They try to make it look like pig skin due to high demands in China. So according to the replied from manufacturer, the shoes is not made up from Pig Skin Lining. Furthermore, our manufacturer also stated that many of their customers from Iraq, Afghanistan and Algeria are supplying their shoes. I think these countries are very concern with this issue like us.
According to the explanation from JABATAN KEMAJUAN ISLAM MALAYSIA, pig skin lining “3 dots” appears uneven 3 dots shapes, only fake pig skin lining (we called it as manmade or artificial PU) will appear similar and neat 3 dots. Because only artificial skin can be produced in a very neat and even shape using machine. Second, pig skin lining have 3 dots on double surface, which means you can found 3 dots up and down if it’s pig skin lining.