Cowhide Fur Handbags From Spain
When we think of authentic fur handbags, mink, rabbit, fox or chinchilla come to mind. Mink is the most popular of all the fur types worldwide. It has always been known for its soft lightweight fur. Rabbit is soft and silky, also lightweight and affordable. Its another popular fur. Fox is fluffy and warm, its seen more as a high fashion trim. Beaver is naturally long, durable, warm and is often dyed white or dark brown. Raccoon is dense, warm and fluffy with beautiful color. Its great for trim like the fox is. Chinchilla is the thickest fur available and is dense, soft and lightweight. Its a rare, more expensive fur that needs a lot of care. The color is silver grey to slate blue.
In this article I’m featuring cowhide fur handbags, because its a recent fashion trend. The purses and handbags are all from a shop in Torremolinos, Spain. A friend of mine Taetske and her husband Michael took them for me. They both reside in the South of Spain.
They are also referred to as a pony hair, but not the small horse pony. Cowhide that still has the hair attached is made into handbags. Its popularity is newer and taking care of this natural item is the question. Cowhide is tanned to add shine to it, dyed and then trimmed short. You care for this like you would with leather.
Before using the bag, spray it with silicone leather or suede spray. This adds a protective layer and only needs a light even coat when sprayed. Using silicone spray helps to repel dirt, dust and moisture. Clean the outer surface with a dry cloth and wipe along the grain of hair. It’s natural for the fur to shed, but with proper care it won’t shed as much. The name pony hair as I mentioned, is referred to as cowhide, calf hair, or goat skin. Colors range from white, beige, brown and black.
Leather products are made from goat skin, leather or cowhide. Goat skin is more durable than cowhide and is softer because it has lanolin in the leather. It is water resistant where cowhide isn’t. Many big brands are also using goat skin for making bags, it’s soft and flexible and thinner. Goat skin fur bags are much lighter in color and not as attractive as cowhide which has a richer look.
Handbags can be made with all cowhide fur, or just the front has the fur and the rest is leather. Cowhide trim can be along the top, on the flap over front closure, or added to the sides of the handbag. Real fur handbags can be used all year round, just like faux also known as imitation fur bags. They can be made into any style available, and go with outfits from casual to dressy. I have an article about Women’s Faux Fur Purses and Handbags which is very informative.
I would like to thank Taetske and Michael for taking the time to stop and take these great pictures for me. Taetske is featured in two other articles where she models, and Michael takes the pictures.
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