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Knitted Fur – Incredible Luxury

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Knitted FurKnitted fur is known and practiced since '70s when a Canadian designer Paula Lishman introduced the exclusive fur knitting techniques unknown to others. Yet, in the early years of the third millennium the fur fabric seized the hearts of population and became one of the favorite materials for the most reputed fashion houses of the world, offering the luxurious sense of fur for wearing from inside and outside.

The history of fur knitting approaches

In 1968 Paco Rabanne introduced his collection of clothes made of knitted fur thread. Though Paula Lishman was the first to patent the technology in 1979 and until 1998 she stayed the only patent holder in this segment. The secret of fur making techniques was familiar to the limited number of specialists from Canada.

Paula first created her clothes from rabbit skin having the cut in thin strips and twisting them in the way that fur was seen and felt both from inside and outside, and it was used without any lining of silk or other fabric. Within the next 20 years Paula launched a plenty of coats, fur-caps, jackets, vests and shawls made of fur in this approach.

Much later these fur making techniques were used by other designers and manufacturers including the Fendi House, Nijole, Robert Baulieu House from Italy, and Dior House in France. Bluegirl 2010 Fall Collection by Blumarine mainly presented knit fur garments with loops pulled out. This technology was used in cardigans, scarves, oversleeves, bags and fittings.

The legendary fashion houses in Italy like Anpel, Cavaggioni, Delba, Fontani, Jun, Mala Mati and Vinicio Pajaro introduced knit fur along with other fur goods. And basically the garments were made as classic fur coats of natural colors.

Today Russian fashion house by Lidia Soselia and the famous designer Lyudmila Dobrokhotova from Moscow combine several fur knitting techniques while creating fashionable and luxurious clothing items. Thus, the collection by Lyudmila Dobrokhotova from 2000 «Under one's breath» was a real success for the designing idea. The collection presented clothes, knitted without a single seam; the designer used mink, astrakhan and fox fur threads adding formed yarn and mohair for beter performance. Lyudmila Dobrokhotova won the contract with the network of stores Bosco di Ciliegi award.

What is knitted fur?

A thick fur thread acquired when the leather of rabbit, fox, raccoon, blue fox, beaver or mink of 0,5 cm thick, is knitted over the solid cotton basis. The best (and the biggest) fur leather cloths are cut along the spiral. The cotton basis prolongs the life time of the garment. The fur appears to be from both sides giving the unique pleasure of touching the fur. Sheared fur is considered to be the best and smaller pieces and remains are used for accessory production. The unique technology makes it possible to manufacture very thin and delicate articles of clothing: а mink jacket, for example, weighs only about 700 gr. But the process itself is rather labor-intensive: four workers need nearly 200 hours to make an article. 

Fashion designers and artists are able to create a variety of goods including fur coats, jackets, sweaters, pullovers, and scarves, bags, wedding pelerines, fur tippets and what not. They can use various kinds of platting, making diverse patterns and designs. All clothing items are warm, practical and luxurious. All that makes knitted fur extremely popular among both consumers and producers of different countries.

Care for knitted fur goods

When knitted fur goods are creased it’s recommended that the garment is heat-treated with steam or hot air with the hand drier over a distance of 5-10 cm. The fur will be restored and is smoothed out.

Various stains can be removed only at the dry-cleaner. Wet clothes from fur should be dried in room temperature, never putting onto the radiator or a heater. When the item is dried it should be treated with warm steam to raise the nap.

Fur knit clothes must be kept in the dark and dry place, in special soft covers to protect from moles. If the fur clothes is not used for a long period of time it should be aired two to three times a year.

When the frost is too hard a knit fur coat can hardly warm you, but it can be a perfect accessory for any festive event or a function.

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