Monday, November 4, 2013

In The Wild: Determining Types of Fur at a Glance

Fur doesn’t refer to a single type of textile; instead, it’s a catch-all term used to describe numerous pelts. Those new to the world of fur will find it useful to know exactly the differences between each type, especially among furs that look oddly the same at first glance. Additionally, the ability to appraise and correctly identify fur can help buyers make smarter purchases.

If the fur’s color is between gray or slate blue, the garment is likely made from chinchilla. Otherwise, if the fur is dense and tan in color, it might be coyote fur. Should the fur appear white with black tips, it’s undoubtedly made from ermine, one of the most iconic furs there is. There are many other fur types possible, and owners can tell them apart simply by looking carefully at the fabric used. Simply put, the appearance of a fur can be a dead giveaway to its origins, and most furs are used without dye, making identification easier.

Some owners can be confused in determining the type of fur used in their garments. There are furs, after all, that look exactly the same yet are made from different pelts, such as mink and fox. Those itching to properly identify their fur clothes might want to take them to a professional fur dealer who can properly evaluate the textile.

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