Fur Terminology

Some people is not used to the fur terms, so we found this list that will help you understand more about the fur you buy:

Brightener added
Just like hair, fur color and luster can be enhanced with special treatments.

Dyeing
The sky is the limit when it comes to color. In addition to natural tones, all furs can now be dyed in a wide range of exciting and beautiful hues. Dyeing is sometimes also used to correct any imperfections and to improve uniformity. Sometimes the pelt is bleached white before color is added.

Fur Layers
Guard hair is the long, lustrous layer of a fur; it protects the underfur (or duvet), which provides warmth and insulation.

Guard Hair
Long, lustrous outer hair that protects the underfur.

Knitted Fur
Knittable yarn is now produced by combining narrow strips of fur with silk or cottin yarn; fur yarn is now used in myrias techniques including crocheting, weaving and knitting to produce soft, cozy apparel. Some knitted furs are now machine washable!

Leathering
Strips of fur are alternated with leather, cloth or ribbon for unique fashion effects and increased lightness.

Letting Out
Cutting the pelt into diagonal strips and resewing it to make the pelt longer and narrower. Sometimes referred to as dropping out. The effect is supple and smooth flowing.

Mutation
Natural furs of special colors that are produced by selective breeding.

Plucking
To emphasize the velvet underhair of the fur, guard hair is selectively plucked for various effects.

Shearing
This technique is used to trim fur to a short pile, sometimes as low as 5 mm, to reduce bulkiness and weight while creating intricate sculptural patterns in the fur.

Shearling
Natural lamb pelts with the leather side often sueded and worn on the outside.

Skin-on-Skin
Rectangular pelts are sewn together to create a box effect as an alternative to the letting out process.

Special Effects
As designers explore fur’s infinite versatility, they are increasingly treating it with the same creativity as fabric. Their innovative technique continue to surprise and delight: fur is intricately draped, beaded, embroidered, pierced, laser cut, stenciled, fringed…

Tip-Dyeing
Sometimes called blending. Dye is applied only to the tips of guard hairs to produce more color uniformity.

Underfur
The underhair covered by guard hairs. This is the layer of the fur that acts as insulation to provide warmth.

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One Response to Fur Terminology

  1. carol tilson says:

    Thank you for providing explanations on such important fur terminology!

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