A HANDY GLOSSARY
Just like hair, fur colour and luster can be enhanced with special treatments.
The sky is the limit when it comes to color. In addition to natural tones, all furs can now be dyed in a wide range of exciting and beautiful hues.
Guard hair is the long, lustrous outer layer of a fur; it protects the underfur (or duvet), which provides the warmth and insulation.
Knittable yarn is now produced by combining narrow strips of fur with silk or cotton yarn; fur yarn is now used in myriad techniques including crocheting, weaving and knitting to produce soft, cozy apparel. Some knitted furs are now machine washable!
Strips of fur are alternated with leather, cloth or ribbon for unique fashion effects and increased lightness.
Cutting fur into diagonal strips and re-sewing it to make the pelt longer and narrower. Sometimes referred to as dropping out. The effect is supple and smooth flowing.
Emphasizing the velvet underhair of the fur, guard hair is selectively plucked for various effects.
Pelts are sewn together as rectangular sections, as an alternative to the letting out process.
As designers explore fur's infinite versatility, they are increasingly treating it with the same creativity as fabric. Their innovative techniques continue to surprise and delight: fur is intricately draped, beaded, embroidered, pierced, laser cur, stenciled, fringed...
Sometimes called blending. Dye is applied only to the tips of guard hair to produce more colour uniformity.