Prehistoric Couture and the Fur Conundrum

August 18, 2019 - Comment

Prehistoric Couture and the Fur Conundrum Image by the_alien_experience (The sixth in a series of prehistoric faux fashion photos) Without fur, mankind would have never survived the glacial ages. In a way, we owe our lives to the existence of the woolly mammoth and other Ice Age mammals. Fur is no longer necessary to survival,

Prehistoric Couture and the Fur Conundrum

Image by the_alien_experience
(The sixth in a series of prehistoric faux fashion photos)

Without fur, mankind would have never survived the glacial ages. In a way, we owe our lives to the existence of the woolly mammoth and other Ice Age mammals. Fur is no longer necessary to survival, yet fur in the modern era has come to represent the very pinnacle of beauty while the methods used to obtain it are anything but.

Please choose to go no fur or faux fur. Of note, even some products marketed as faux fur are in reality from animals. A few ways to tell if fur is real or faux below:

1. Don’t go by feel and don’t go by color. The new fake fur is actually softer than some real fur. And it can be dyed any color.

2. Look at the tips of the hairs. If the tips taper to a fine point like a cat’s whisker or a sewing needle or a a sharpened pencil, it’s animal fur. If not, it’s probably faux fur (though not necessarily).

3. If you (carefully) burn a couple of hairs of a sample and it smells like human hair, it’s real animal fur. Fake fur is made from plastics and will give off a distinct chemical smell when burned.

*All fur pictured is faux and mohair has been obtained free of cruelty