If you are trying to describe lamb fur in just few words it’s impossible. Such softness and warmth leaves us speechless. However, it’s possible to choose long or short haired fur, flat, wavy or curly. It is up to the wearer. Some types of lamb hair have a lesser price value, but some of them are priceless. If years and years ago fur industry sold more Chinchilla or fox fur, today craftsmen use all types of lamb pelts that were seldom used. Each fur has its shades, colours and characteristics. Lambs is perfect, because it’s very durable. We are going to look at 7 different types of lamb pelts and hair. Just choose the right one for you.
This is one of the most valuable kinds of sheep fur. Fur industry perish it. From these lamb pelts craftsmen makes coats that look light and dressy. Lamb hair is light and thin. Their short and soft leather and hair are named “the fur of fantasy”. In high fashion you might notice those broadtail suits for evenings. This type of fur is usually made from stillborn lambs of karakul sheep. In this fur industry, where a big conflict between PETA activists and high fashion designers continues, sheep farmers never kill their labs, they all die naturally. But it’s just with this type of lamb fur. For that broadtail fur is both exclusive and expensive. Their silky fabric, natural grey shades with brownish broadtail. This type of fur can be easily dyed as any other type of fur.
II. American Broadtail
American farmers also breed broadtail lambs and from their pelts they make a certain kind for coats. Those lambs are usually sheared near the skin. This is how the pattern of moiré is provided. American Broadtail fur is more durable than similar type we talked in the paragraph above. Coats out of american lambs are less expensive so as less thin. Most of the time craftsmen leaves this type of fur all natural, but it can be dyed in any colour. If you want the moiré without a curl, sheep has to be sheared to the skin.
III. Persian/ Karakul
Persian and Karakul lambs are entirely the same, some people just give them one name or the other. There was also another name for this type of fur, it’s astrakhan. For a long time in the east they used to breed sheep for the meet and wool, especially in Afghanistan and former Soviet block countries. Of course you may also find this type of sheep in Namibia. On of the finest Russian Persian lamb fur is produced from Bukhara. While broadtail is a stillborn or even unborn, Persian broadtail lambs must be few days old or less, while karakul ones have to be 10 days old and no more. Because of age difference, fur develops into the moiré. It looks tight and curly. If the lamb is older their fur grows longer and begins to lose the curl. If Persian lamb fur coats fashion has its up and downs in USA, in Europe, but mostly in Germany, it’s the most popular fur coats material. The best choice is to wear the natural shades coat, with black, white, brown and grey colours. However, fur coats craftsmen dye lamb hair to avoid whiteness that shows through the curls. Today Persian lambs farming and breeding has a better conditions. It comes in various colours and better quality.
This type of lamb fur is appreciated in the fur industry because of its silky and wavy hair. It’s perfect for sporty type coats and jackets. However, this fur need special care and maintenance. During wet weather conditions it becomes frizzy. It’s better to choose natural colour Mongolian fur coat rather than a dyed one. Some fur craftsmen even bleach them.
This type of fur or sheepskin is sheared from lambs. The hair must be straightened and treated with care. This is how the softest, water-repellent fabric is produced. Some may even dye it in black or brown shades, imitating Alaskan or northern seal fur so as making it similar to beaver hair. The natural mount fur colour is off-white.
This natural sheepskin is sheared, but the leather side is sueded. The making of shearling fur coats is similar to mouton type. The sheared side fur is worn next to the skin. This type of coat is thought to be a traditional garment of many European and Asian shepherds. They were popular in Hungary and Afghanistan. Coats makers usually make an embroider on the sued side. The furry side has long hair. Western cowboys so as American ranchers used to wear this type of fur coat. Californian fur industry was full of this type of coats and jackets. They look sporty and they have a lesser price, but not a lesser durability. These shepherd’s coats have a closely sheared side than the other types. The sued side has to be maintained clean.
Last but not least, the lamb fur from Tibet. It may look like Mongolian lamb, but their hair are longer and silkier. The length may vary from 3 to 4 inches. However, this type of fur is frizzier, but with a proper care, coats from this type of fur, can look as luxurious as broadtail ones. If hair becomes to frizzy, just like it happens with Tibet and Mongolian sheep fur, it can be straightened.