Lambskin is manufactured in a similar way to leather, however the skin is tanned with the fun intact, much like a pelt. It is considered a fur fabric, as it still has the skin attached, but it has a sturdy leather side and a soft furry side. This means that the fabric has lots of good qualities.
Lambskin originated in Australia, where there is lots of sheep are farmed. It was originally used to make boots. Lambskin has been produced for two centuries and it is usually the Merino sheep is used as it has the softest, most luxurious pelt.
Mouton fur or Beaver lamb is lambskin that is treated to resemble Beaver fur. This is done by a process of straightening the hair, chemically treating and thermal setting to produce a moisture repellent finish. This fabric is often dyed brown to further resemble Beaver fur. ‘Mouton’ is French for ‘Sheep.’
Properties of Lambskin
- Excellent insulating properties
- Flame Resistant
- Resistant to static electricity
- Absorbent, so it will keep the wearer dry
- Will last well
- Requires proper aftercare
- Can be washed
Uses of Lambskin in Fashion Past and Present
- The Australian company UGG use real sheep and lambskin in their boots. Considering the ethical responsibilities, they feel that by using the skins that are a by-product of the meat industry, they are reducing waste.
- Was originally used to make Cowboy boots
- Fashion Items
- Flying ‘Aviator’ jackets which became a fashion item in the 21st Century rather than just being a practical item
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