During long past times, our prehistoric ancestors walked the earth crust with a drive to survive whatever calamities were thrown at them, during this period they had the mere necessities of food, water, and shelter.
As their simple yet exquisite minds evolved along with the way of life and ease of survival diminished due to the unforgiving climate and nature at the time, our ancestors devised the concept of clothing.
However during their period in history they had yet not developed the mind or method of creating garments made of either natural, cellulose or synthetic fibers, they still required an appropriate cover to shelter them from the harsh atmosphere, thus they began skinning their prey for its warm furry hide an dried the skin to make leather while keeping the hair of the animal on for added insulation against the cold.
Fur has been considered a luxury for ages and with good reason. Similar to snowflakes, fur is an entirely natural product where no two furs are in any way identical – each pelt has its unique characteristics such as color, size, fur density, etc.
Intense care is given to selecting and accurately processing each pelt that will, in turn, be used to make a garment. Each and every garment or fur accessory is crafted by hand making each fur item a unique and authentic work of art.
Fur designs have moved forward far beyond anyone’s grandmothers traditionally brown mink coat. Today, there are a vast variety of methods of preparing the fur that allows ultimate creativity and luxury is design and comfort.
Before fur can be utilized to make apparel or accessories, the impressive pelts are processed. This includes “dressing”; a unique tanning process that softens and preserves the hide without any added damage to the actual fur. This may involve shearing, dyeing, texturing or other processes.
Fur is extremely delicate and must be handled with the utmost care. Unlike the tanning of leather where the goal is to remove hair entirely from originally the real hide, fur dyeing, and dressing must be gentle enough to preserve and protect the fur hairs and follicles ultimately.
The primary chemicals that are used to “dress” fur pelts are table salts, alum salts, soda ash, water, cornstarch, sawdust, lanolin, and other natural ingredients.
Minimal quantities of formaldehyde may occasionally be used to protect fur follicles during dressing or dyeing adequately, and mild acids such as acetic acid which is vinegar, activate the actual tanning process.
However, local environmental protection controls ensure that there are no harmful effluents. For example, excess fats are properly skimmed, and even the pH levels are neutralized before any wastewater is released from the actual tanning vats.
Since furs are available in an extraordinary range of natural colors, only a tiny proportion of fur pelts are dyed.
Upon the completion of processing, fur pelts are soft and pliable. And the natural beauty and lure of the fur will magnificently last for decades.