Fur was already worn by ancient people since long time ago, they wore fur because it’s the only material they know to keep themselves warm and safe in cold weather. The fur trends go along way until these days, we can see celebrities wearing fur coats or any other fur accessories in their daily life. However in the 1980s and 1990s there was a movement on boycotting furs, this movement inspire the faux fur invention. Even when a lot of people are banning it, furs product is still at the market today. For those who don’t want to wear real furs, they opt for faux furs which is syntactically made. Faux fur and real fur look pretty similar, but there is ways to differentiate them. Here is some information regarding real fur and faux fur.
Fur in clothing history may date back when human first began to wear clothing made from animal pelts and fur about 170.000 years ago. Ancient people from that time were fur to protect themselves from nature such as cold weather, hot weather, from wild animals and also from fellow human. In the 11th Century in Europe fur was worn as a symbol of wealth and social status, rather than to keep the body warm. Since the beginning fur clothing and fur accessories has already become a symbol and luxury, and also high fashion. European royalty from that time wear fur coats, fur capes, and fur accessories which had been made from mink sable, and chinchilla fur.
In the 1300s, the law to regulate which social classes allowed to wear which type of furs were introduced. Furs gain its popularity during Victorian era, the high demand of fur comes from the fashion industry make a development in fur farms by the 1870s. The men from Victorian era wore fur coats with lined on the inside with crafted other materials on the outside. While the women’s fur coats were generally lined with fur at the collar, wrist, and hem. The use of luxury fur in movies from that time, also increasing the popularity of fur coats and fur accessories. In the 1950 fur started to become more affordable and casual. Movie stars from 1950 we often spotted wearing luxury fur in their private lives, this make the price of luxury fur begin to climb, and designers also begin to produce more casual looks with fur. The most popular fur from 1960 were blond mink, silver striped fox, and red fox. These type of fur is commonly bought by the rich. People who are not able to afford it choose to wear pelts of wolf and Persian lamb or muskrat.
Faux fur or also known as fake fur is a material made from synthetic fibers created to resemble fur, it is commonly used as a piece of clothing. Faux fur might be invented because in the 1960 a lot of conservatives and activists began to protest about the use of real animal fur. Protesters wants to stop the use of endangered animals and large cats but it was soon escalated over the years to result in including all animals in their well-being. In the 1970s a manufacturing company named E.F. Timme & Sons begin a campaign promoting the use of faux furs to replace real furs in the fashion industry.
Faux furs can be used for all purposes where real furs originally used. It also can be used for stuffed animals, as a fashion accessories, and home decoration such as pillows, bedding and throws. Faux fur also sometimes used in craft project, by sewing them into those crafts. Faux fur can be sewn using hand or by sewing machine, real fur is lot thicker than a faux fur, and sewing them required a special sewing machine. In recent years faux furs gains popularity and began to use in teen fashion, such as Abercrombie & Fitch and American eagle.
To differentiate real fur from faux furs, first read the label, the real fur have fur label authority tag, which is issued by Federal Trade Commission. Seconds, check the backing, genuine animal pelts will resemble smooth suede leather and often are sewn together in strips, section or pieces like patchwork quilt. Third, burn test, the real fur when burn have a distinctive smell resembling a burned hair. While the faux fur smells like plastics when burned. Real fur also pretty hard to light up, it crinkles up very fast and burns into fine ash just like human hairs. While the faux furs is light up pretty easily, burned down very rapidly, and smell like plastics. Another way is to stick a pin through the fur and its lining, if it goes easily then it is suggested the fur is faux fur. If it’s hard to push the pin and or it resist completely, then it might be a real fur.