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The Faux Fur

Sunday, 30 November 2008

faux furA long time ago our barbaric ancestors were wearing different fur types not only to warm themselves up but also to show off their social status. Back then just like today fur indicated a successful person. Fur clothes were something to talk and gossip about and caused others to envy its owner.

In those times, however, a man had no choice when it came to how not to get cold. The only way out was wearing fur of the animal he killed. But even that way he tried to treat the animals with respect and dignity. He thanked them for his life, warmth, for the food they provided. In our times while trying to prevent innocent animals' being killed people came up with the faux fur. And, most importantly, the fur was introduced in such a manner that today it becomes more and more popular than the natural fur. Why so? This is what we're going to talk about later.

There are faux furs of any kinds and styles out there today. One won't be able to distinguish mink, raccoon and eared seal fur, beaver-rat, fox' and even monkey's fur from their faux analogues. The advantage of imitative furs is also that it is as good as the natural fur. Faux fur has the same natural fibers (for example, rayon), «breathing» warp, continuously cut nets and it is also very soft and appealing to touch. Furthermore such furs sell better compared to natural furs due to their prices.

By the way, in proof of the fact that synthetic furs are now getting more and more popular in designing and fashion industries, a British chain store «TopShop» put up signs at the entrances saying «All of our furs are synthetic!» This trend became somewhat a quality seal and also an indication of the concerns people are now having about wild animals being killed. Now to buy the most fashionable clothes out there (fur is indeed in fashion at this point) nobody has to kill anyone.

Just like natural, the faux fur needs careful maintenance and specific storage. Here are some of the advices to help one store and keep this wonderful material and goods made out of it:

First of all, faux fur is a material that needs freedom. Storing items in chests, suit-cases and narrow closets would wrinkle and pleat them. A faux fur good should be stored in a hanged position. It is better to keep it in a paper bag in a closet where clothes have enough space so that the hairs don't wrinkle. The closet itself should be cleaned and aired. Moth remedy also won't be something unnecessary. Even though moth doesn't ruin the synthetic fur items as much as the ones from natural fur, faux fur can be made of some natural materials that moth would consume. It also should be dry in the closet.

Don't wear your bag on a wrist or a shoulder. This way rubbed spots may appear which would make the fur coat last shorter.

To get rid of an oily spot one can rub a specific squash made out of dried potato flour and gasoline in it. Once the gasoline dies out wipe the remaining starch out. This method however would not suit synthetic karakul items.

Items made from synthetic furs can be easily washed. Water temperature however cannot exceed forty five degrees centigrade. In case it does it will lead to shrinking and fur deformation. In addition you shouldn't use washing machine pressing and drying. It is better to wrap a sheet around the coat after the washing is done and leave it drying itself out under the normal room's temperature on a hanger. Of course this way it would last longer... A long coat could dry for three days this way but one can rest assure that the coat won't get all wrinkled up and the form of it for sure won't deform.

There was a secret our grandmothers knew. To make the fur shine and sparkle, be soft, fluffy and tender wipe it with a cotton ball moistened in a liquid containing 99 percents of denatured alcohol, one percent of glycerin all dissolved in hundred percent water. After the fur dries a little comb it. Be careful! It is vital that you don't use this method on a dyed synthetic fur.

Dusted fur item (if it is taken out of the closet before the winter season, for example) should be struck with a bamboo cane. Lie the coat down on the furry part and strike it.

Only a rare woman won't like to palm a tender soft fur and only a rare woman would not like to get a splendid coat from natural fur... But is it really that important if the good is made out of natural or synthetic fur? Because when buying a coat made out of the faux fur one doesn't reduce the size of her purse, says a NO to the poaching and YES to the green organizations out loud, plus the synthetic fur last longer and it is more usable. And of course the form and coloring of the faux fur items can be as wild and creative as one can ever think it can.

Anna Tomen

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