Is there any type of guilt-free fur? When PETA activists are in the conflict with fur industry, some environmentalist say, that there is one type of fur that is guilt-free and even environmentally-friendly. But about that in a few paragraphs. Why nutria fur should be considerate eco- friendly?
Wild nutrias are mainly found in Southern states of USA so as in Argentina. They are also farmed in Czech Republic and Poland. These animal’s fur is similar to beavers, but it’s a bit lighter and sporty. Nutria has a soft underfur, maybe that is why this type is more popular than beaver fur. You can easily dye nutria hair in various shades. Today it’s more popular as material for coat lining and trimming, not for the entire fur coat. Despite its lightness and popularity, this type of fur is considerate to be ecology and environmentally friendly. But most of all, is it politically correct to make coats out of nutria pelts?
Designers crazy about nutria fur
Some best fashion designers like Gilles Mendel, Patrick Ervell, Michael Kros ans Oscar de la Renta would agree, that fur coats out of nutria pelts, are absolutely fabulous. Those designers are crazy about this type of fur. Only at the end of 19th Americans began to ranch these semiquatic rodents. However, this farming was not successful so nutrias were released into the wetlands of Gulf Coast in Louisiana. This resulted in overpopulation of nutrias. For 100 years these animals have been damaging the ecosystem of Gulf Coast, marching grass and eroding. When fur industry noticed nutria’s thick and quit prolific fur, they decided to design fur coats out of their pets. In 2002 the Nutria Control Program was released. Thus began an active trapping of nutrias in the Gulf Coastline. It was both ecologically and economically beneficial. In the wetlands of Louisiana the number of nutrias dropped dramatically, with a benefit for fur fashion.
Nutria fur is back on the fashion catwalk
The program of nutria control was successful, thus fur fashion industry began to change their mind about nutria pelts. Today this type of fur is highly exported. In Europe and Russia they are making fur hats and coats out of nutria pelts. This garment has a medium price, but not a lesser value of fashion. However, China is the biggest nutria pelts and coats market. As everything in fashion goes around and comes around, so it happened with nutria’s fur. For the past couple of years there were some designers who risked by making coats out of this type of fur. Is it on the rise again? Oscar de La Renta went for the vests out of nutria, while Michael Kors thought of line raincoats with a hint of nutria’s fur. Because this type of fur is highly durable and dense, most of designers use it only for trimming and lining. Maybe there is not a lot of nutria’s fur on a modern catwalk, but it was quit trendy and will be from time to time. Just think ahead and save environment form overpopulation of nutrias.