German designer Silvia Wald runs an unusual sort of butcher shop, both online and in Berlin, Germany, called Aufschnitt, which is the term German for cold cuts. Aufschnitt offers an assortment of “meats” that are all made out of fabric:
“The series mimics everyday slicing meat and meat products in traditional sewing techniques. The attractive range of products ranging from small Ansteckwürstchen to elaborately crafted cuts and ham cushions. The textile sausages are a tactile pleasure. Each specialty fabric is specially selected to handle its properties to the “illusion of flesh” to make it perfect. Slicing wants a plush shopping experience.”
Silvia, who happens to be vegetarian, handmakes all of the products herself using traditional sewing techniques and a variety of materials such as cotton stretch velvet, lycra, wool, and microfibre. Everything looks good enough to eat, but none of it is actually edible. However many of the fake meats work well as comfy pillows, cushions, and neck-rests. Silvia also makes an assortment of aprons and even a plush butcher shop scale.
An engineer of clothing technology, Silvia began creating her faux-meat wares as a small project back in 2009. After discovering how popular her sausages were she branched out into other sorts of textile foods such as ham shanks, salami, cured serrano ham, and even mouthwatering mortadela. With a vastly expanded range of products, Silvia opened her awesome little butcher shop in Berlin where she sells her plush meat creations to carnivores, omnivores, and vegetarians alike.
According to Silvia, her most popular product is the large ham, “which people like to use as clubs in pillow fights.” She also says her favourite clients are children who can’t resist trying to take a bite out of her products just to make sure they aren’t actually edible. They do look awfully tasty, so we can hardly blame them for trying.
[via Oddity Central]