Lynx Manufacture

The Lynx animal is a medium sized wild cat. It was hunted as a pest as it is a predatory animal. Lynx fur wasn’t really used as a fabric until 1975. The reason for this is because CITES, the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species, banned the hunting and trading of Ocelot, Tigers and Cheetahs in 1974. Lynx began to be used as a replacement because the spotted fur on its underside was very similar to that of any one of the banned animals. The trade of Lynxes at this time was regulated but not banned as the population was stable.

The amount of Lynxes used for their fur continued to rise until it peaked in around 1987. The number declined steadily since that time until today when lynx is still available but not as on demand as it once was. Lynx fur usually comes from the Canadian or the American Lynx. Russian Lynx pelts are available, but are a much higher quality and therefore more expensive.

The hunting of Lynx is illegal in many countries, particularly since one breed of Lynx has almost become extinct.

Properties of Lynx

  • Soft and Supple
  • Uniquely Coloured
  • Fur has markings which are individual to each skin
  • Rare
  • Expensive
  • Warm to wear
  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • Does not moult
  • Luxurious
  • Very thick

Uses of Lynx in Fashion Past and Present

  • Fur coats
  • Fur trims
  • Accessories
  • Hats
  • Stoles
  • Scarves
  • Mittens

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Written by Kelly Mitchell

Kelly Mitchell, extremely competent and reliable, she is currently in her third year at the University of Lincoln UK, studying Fashion. Kelly is responsible for the Fabrics, Fibers and Leathers sections of our Dictionary

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