“Once the furs have been purchased at the auction and sent to the processors for ‘dressing’ and other special treatments, the pelts are individually matched for quality and coloration in the designer’s atelier. The pelts are then cut and ‘blocked’ (dampened, stretched and tacked on a ‘blocking board’) to fit the pattern.
“The sewing and finishing stages are done by experienced technicians using specialized skills that have been perfected over generations. Because furs are created by nature, no two pelts are exactly alike.
“The genius of furriers is their ability to create a homogenous fabric-like material, while skillfully using the natural character of the skins to enhance the design of each garment. The production of a beautiful fur coat may require 40-100 hours of skilled labor, or more.”
More Questions About the Fur Trade?
Find the answers to all your questions about the North American fur trade at Truth About Fur, including:
- What types of fur are used in the fur trade?
- Is it morally wrong to raise animals just for their fur?
- What happens to the rest of a trapped animal when the fur is taken?
- Why is a fur coat expensive?
- How are farmed mink killed?
- How can we be sure that farmed mink are treated humanely in the United States?
- Why do we need foothold traps?
- How do we know only targeted animals are captured?
- Are the chemicals used for fur processing bad for the environment?
- … and many more.