22 April 2014

What Is the Forgotten Fur?

Fur Brushes
The Forgotten Fur
The forgotten fur is the fur in artist and beautician brushes. Painters prize brushes made of weasel (Mustela sibirica) aka kolinsky, cousins of the mink, sable and stoat - taken for fur coats. Hunters in Siberia kill the weasels with leghold traps or snares. Any trapped animal is frozen solid by morning. Let’s also remember shaving brushes from Chinese badger fur and violin bows from Mongolian and Canadian horse hair. Merry painting, beautifying, shaving and music making!

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