Animal products will forever garner a level of criticism and gut-reaction from more common hides such as sheep and cow on through horse and upwards to the exotics. We all have our level of comfort with these types of products.
That being said, I personally want to understand the provenance of materials I work with. This hide was offered to me by an exotic hide specialist vendor (who also provides everything from shark on through zebra for many accessory producers) who received it daughter of the aforementioned man written about back in the 1980s by Peter Capstick. He knew that I work with a lot of vintage materials and materials with a story and so he reached out to me. To work with a specific hide that is so so old, forgotten in a box in the basement (some panels had water damage even from storage), and to breathe some new life into it was a rare opportunity. To have provenance down to the names of those involved and to be able to follow their stories is incredibly fascinating and takes the material and garment to another level of discussion.
Indeed a (large) animal had to die for this product and life is precious. The processing of this hide was absolutely minimal and the hide itself had lots and lots of holes and cuts from the usage of very traditional handheld knives to remove the skin before the meat was collected for local villagers. When large animals are culled (itself a carefully determined and monitored process), nothing goes to waste.
I definitely understand that works like these will not sit well with some people. Some people will not wear horse leather because of the origins of that material, and some people eschew leather completely. All are okay.
I anticipate this type of dialogue, and I hope that a bit more information from my end regarding the story behind the material helps as well.