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Furs: how they are made

A little-known and very misinformed practice is the creation of a fur, that is, also, a very ancient art. The best fur craftsmen are obviously Italians, and this too, like many craftworks, is fading from generation to generation. How do you make furs? Working on the creation of a fur requires a lot of time and, above all, dedication and passion. The stylistic study made for a fur paper pattern is much longer and more difficult than any other wearing item, as in addition to the size and the “pieces” of fur, you must take care also of the type and length of the hair.

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  1. Furs: how are they made
  2. The truth about furs

Furs: how are they made

The creation of a fur requires a lot of care. Studying a paper pattern before making a fur is very important, as not all types of fur are good for making a paper pattern. The first thing to do then is to decide which model to make and understand what type of leather to use. Once the leather has been chosen, proceed with buying it, choosing the right size (skin size), and deciding whether to leave the leather with a natural color or to dye it. Once the tanned leathers arrive, they must be selected by the type of hair and quality. In every batch of leather of the same quality, the leathers will never be equal. Select the skins and proceed with nailing and cutting the waste material to make the fur. The skins must be wetted with a special grease that does not damage the leather and the fur. Then, each piece of leather will be sewn with the others to create the model. When ready, the fur is put on a mannequin and analyzed in detail to correct any defects, then it’s cleaned with specific washes and the inner lining is sewn. Each step requires special attention and time. Creating a fur in no time is not the right choice, as the grease used to soften the leather will not completely dry and make the fur very flaccid. The average time to make a fur coat is from 10 to 15 days depending on the model.

The truth about furs

Being “green” is fashionable in 2018. Many people think that being an animalist means being green, but it’s not like that. The main belief of every animalist is that there can be an “ecological” fur that is not the natural one. Synthetic fur, as the word itself says, will never be an ecological product, because it is not eco-sustainable and will certainly not have an excellent impact on the environment both during production and disposal.

What is happening now is very reminiscent of the 80-90s, a fanaticism against the fur, which at the time led to a collapse of the market, and many people lost their jobs. As in those years, even today we are experiencing a period of “crisis” due to these animal movements, which often create real lies on furs. I mainly want to debunk these myths, just to say things as they are: furs are the objects of fashion or luxury, they are practically useless for those who do not follow this world. And here is the first mistake. Do you know what the main fur consumer countries are? All the countries of the former Soviet bloc. Obviously the average temperatures during the winter are about -20 ° C, maybe it is not really fashionable to wear fur but it is certainly a need. Now I bet you are thinking about all the people who buy fur it in Italy, right? Just know that there are different types of fur that have insulating properties, so that a fur can go well even in not too cold climate, just like the northern Italy one. Are the animals killed in a horrible and painful way or are they skinned alive? Here is another lie. This is not possible, as there are very strict rules on the matter, and must be respected in order not to face heavy administrative and criminal penalties. Obviously this happens for all civilized countries that have normal controls. This also applies to the story of tortured animals or living in small cages, none of this is true. Just think that in Denmark, the Kopenhagen Fur, allows you to visit their breeding farms. The production of farmed animals is exploited only for the making of furs, the meat is not reused and it also pollutes? Even here I have to contradict you but, in addition to producing very hot furs, from the animal the farm manages to get energy, fossil fuel, fertilizer and food for other farms. Perhaps the “animalists” exploit general disinformation or just want to create havoc in one of the oldest industry in the world.