Fur Trend

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 3 Awesome Comments
 Fur, Fur Everywhere!

Seems like the fur trend for the Fall/Winter fashion is ongoing, and even on Stardoll you can see the influence it has had. But do you know the impact it has on the environment?

Some animals are skinned and left to die after the fur is obtained. That is why fake fur is so in demand. With these high position socialites having charities they want to make a better impact on the world, all while setting the trend.

The history of fake furs goes way back- well not that far back:

"Fur is one of the oldest known forms of clothing, and has been worn by men and women for a variety of reasons throughout history. While quite desirable, real fur had the disadvantage of being expensive and in short supply. For this reason, fake furs were introduced on the market in 1929. These early attempts at imitation fur were made using hair from the alpaca, a South American mammal. From a fashion standpoint, they were of low quality, typically colored gray or tan, and could not compare to exquisite furs like mink or beaver. But the fabric was inexpensive and warm, so manufacturers continued to develop improved versions of the fake fur, trying to give it a denser look, better abrasion resistance, and more interesting colors.

In the 1940s, the quality of fake furs was vastly improved by advances in textile manufacture technology. However, the true modern fake furs were not developed until the mid 1950s, with the introduction of acrylic polymers as replacements for alpaca hair. These polymers were particularly important because they could provide the bulk required to imitate real fur without the weight associated with other fake fur fabrics. They were also easier to color and texture than alpaca fibers. Later in the decade, polymer producers found that acrylic polymers could be made even more fur-like and fire resistant by mixing them with other polymers. These new fabrics, called modacrylics, are now the primary polymer used in fake fur manufacture."

And the best part- besides it being such a fashion staple, keeping you warm, and being environmentally friendly- with today's technology, faux furs are barely any different from legitimate ones. So opt for the friendlier option.


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