Wolves have been hunted for sport and for the protection of livestock since they were first discovered around 12,000 years ago.
Wolves were first hunted as soon as the Europeans settled in North America. This was around the 1500’s and 1600’s. The civilisations in North America first started killing wolves as they saw them as a threat to their cattle and sheep. By the 1800’s both Wolf and Buffalo were being hunted severely. It was then realised that the thick, dense fur or the Wolf could be used for clothing, blankets and even shelter. The fur was traded on the European markets and was very valuable.
Wolves were completely exterminated from England in the early 16th Century. Wolves at this term were forced to be hunted by legislation.
This continued for many years and by 1900 Wolves were almost extinct in America. In 1942, the Government abolished the law stating that Wolves could be killed on private land. Today, Wolves are still an endangered species and the hunting of them is strictly regulated and restricted.
Properties of Wolf
- Thick winter coat
- Warm to wear
- Large Pelts make wolf fur very versatile
- Available in many colours, although naturally usually grey
- Really good Insulator
- Soft and Fluffy
Uses of Wolf in Fashion Past and Present
- Made into cloaks and mittens in Medieval times
- Used as disguises to hunt other animals
- Used today for trims on Parka Coats
- Trimming of Women’s garments
- Capes and Cloaks
- Used for Parkas during WWII
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