Images from a snake slaughterhouse at Kapetakan village in Indonesia’s West Java province. Wakira, who is known as “Boss Cobra”, owns the slaughterhouse that produces snake meat and skin. Snake meat is believed by some to be a remedy for skin diseases and asthma, as well as an aid to increase virility. The snake skins, measuring in the hundreds of metres, are sold to bag factories in the West and Central Java provinces on a monthly basis. The price of a bag made from snake skin costs between 150,000 rupiah ($ 15.60) and 300,000 rupiah ($31.20), depending on its size. That snakeskin handbag you’ll buy is costing a hell of a lot more.

Where Snakeskin Handbags Are Made

Wakira smokes a cigarette as pieces of dried Snakeskin are seen hanging in front of his snake slaughterhouse at Kapetakan village near Cirebon in Indonesia's West Java province. BEAWIHARTA/REUTERS

Where Snakeskin Handbags Are Made

Workers hold snakes for skinning at a snake slaughterhouse at Kapetakan village. BEAWIHARTA/REUTERS

Where Snakeskin Handbags Are Made

A worker uses a pair of scissors to cut the skin of a snake at a snake slaughterhouse at Kapetakan village, near Cirebon. BEAWIHARTA/REUTERS

Where Snakeskin Handbags Are Made

Wakira holds a cobra before slaughtering it at his house in Kapetakan village. BEAWIHARTA/REUTERS

Where Snakeskin Handbags Are Made

Snakes which are to be dried in oven are seen at a snake slaughterhouse at Kapetakan village near Cirebon, Indonesia's West Java province. BEAWIHARTA/REUTERS

Where Snakeskin Handbags Are Made

Wakira puts a tray of snakes into an oven at Kapetakan village near Cirebon, Indonesia's West Java province. BEAWIHARTA/REUTERS

Where Snakeskin Handbags Are Made

Workers use pairs of scissors to cut the skins of snakes at a snake slaughterhouse at Kapetakan village near Cirebon, Indonesia's West Java province. BEAWIHARTA/REUTERS

Where Snakeskin Handbags Are Made

A worker pours water on snakes before cutting their skins at a snake slaughterhouse at Kapetakan village near Cirebon. BEAWIHARTA/REUTERS

Where Snakeskin Handbags Are Made

A worker curls snakes that are to be dried at a snake slaughterhouse at Kapetakan village near Cirebon, Indonesia's West Java province. BEAWIHARTA/REUTERS

Where Snakeskin Handbags Are Made

A worker put tray of snakes into an oven for drying, at a snake slaughterhouse at Kapetakan village near Cirebon, Indonesia's West Java province. BEAWIHARTA/REUTERS

Where Snakeskin Handbags Are Made

A tray of snakes dry inside an oven at a snake slaughterhouse at Kapetakan village near Cirebon, Indonesia's West Java province. BEAWIHARTA/REUTERS

Where Snakeskin Handbags Are Made

Workers use pairs of scissors to cut the skins of snakes at a snake slaughterhouse at Kapetakan village near Cirebon, Indonesia's West Java province. BEAWIHARTA/REUTERS

Where Snakeskin Handbags Are Made

A worker skins a snake at a snake slaughterhouse at Kapetakan village near Cirebon, Indonesia's West Java province. BEAWIHARTA/REUTERS

Where Snakeskin Handbags Are Made

Workers hold a snake before killing it at a snake slaughterhouse at Kapetakan village near Cirebon, Indonesia's West Java province. BEAWIHARTA/REUTERS

Where Snakeskin Handbags Are Made

A worker holds a piece of Snakeskin after a colouring process at a factory that produces bags at Comal district in Pekalongan. BEAWIHARTA/REUTERS

Where Snakeskin Handbags Are Made

A worker puts pieces of Snakeskin on a board for drying at a factory producing bags at Comal district in Pekalongan, Indonesia's Central Java province. BEAWIHARTA/REUTERS

Where Snakeskin Handbags Are Made

A worker carries a board with pieces of Snakeskin, which need to be dried, at a factory producing bags at Comal district in Pekalongan. BEAWIHARTA/REUTERS

Where Snakeskin Handbags Are Made

Workers hold a snake before killing it at a snake slaughterhouse at Kapetakan village near Cirebon. BEAWIHARTA/REUTERS

Where Snakeskin Handbags Are Made

A worker sews a strip of Snakeskin at a factory producing bags in Comal district in Pekalongan. BEAWIHARTA/REUTERS

Where Snakeskin Handbags Are Made

A worker sews a bag which is made of Snakeskin at a factory producing bags in Comal district in Pekalongan. BEAWIHARTA/REUTERS

Where Snakeskin Handbags Are Made

Sunarto, the owner of a factory producing bags, looks at a finished bag that is made of Snakeskin at his factory in Comal district in Pekalongan, Indonesia's Central Java province. BEAWIHARTA/REUTERS

Where Snakeskin Handbags Are Made

A worker looks at a finished bag which is made of Snakeskin at Comal district in Pekalongan. BEAWIHARTA/REUTERS

Feb 12, 2013