It’s called “Aufschnitt” (German for “cold cuts”) and it’s a unique butcher shop created by designer Silvia Wald, who is actually a vegetarian. What’s even more bizarre is that she makes all the “meats” herself, by hand, out of fabric…
Every item on display at Silvia Wald’s Aufschnitt shop looks good enough to eat, only nothing is really edible. The young designer creates all her products from textile material and sells them as pillows, cushions or cool decorations. An engineer for clothing technology, Wald started making her delicious fluffy meats in 2009, as a small project, but after seeing how popular her few sausages were, she started making all kinds of other textile foods, from salami to large pieces of ham, from materials like cotton stretch velvet, lycra, wool or micro fibre. Then she opened her own little butcher shop in Berlin, where she sells her creations to both meat lovers and vegetarians. The designer says her favorite clients are the kids who always like to take a bite of her forever-fresh products, just to see if they’re edible.
The 32-year-old designer makes all kinds of delicious meats at Aufschnitt, from cured Seranno ham to sausages and mortadela. People buy them as neck-rests and pillows, but you can also find bratwurst hair-clips and salami slice-shaped badges. Silvia Wald says her most popular textile meat is the large ham, which people like to use as clubs in pillow fights. She tries to make her cold cuts as realistic-looking as possible, by using traditional sewing techniques.
So if you’re ever in Berlin, Germany, and want to buy something meaty for your vegetarian friends, be sure to stop by the Aufschnitt butcher shop and pick up one of their fluffy treats.