Faux Fur: how it has changed the fashion industry
First of all, I am not going to preach about how Vegetarian I am. Hello, I am Greek. However, I do not like to sew with animal products. One that I love for this season of fashion apparel is Faux Fur. It is flippin' amazing and pretty darn easy to care for in the laundry department.
Fake furs are known as pile fabrics, which are engineered to have the appearance and warmth of animal furs. They are attached to a backing using various techniques. Although they can never match the characteristics of natural furs, faux furs do have certain advantages over their natural counterparts. Unlike natural furs, fake furs can be colored almost any shade! One fabulous example would be the new Faux Fur Pom Pom Hair Tie.
Take a look at this piece in my accessories department.
With concerns over the environment and animal rights, more and more fashion designers are developing garments using fake fur. Go fashionistas!
In the 1940s, the quality of fake furs was vastly improved by advances in textile manufacturing 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 manufacturing. This just excites the science student in me.
Now get your faux fur on girl!