Are you ready for the next installment in our fur series? So far, we’ve covered beaver, chinchilla, coyote, and fox. We’ve also written a short piece about the nine types of fur we commonly feature at our store in Louisville, Kentucky. Our focus today, however, is lamb.
Lamb fur comes in a multitude of varieties. It may be long-haired or short-haired. It may be flat with a wavy pattern or curly. It may be inexpensive to expensive. Each type of lamb, though, is unique. It is also important to note that almost all lamb is very durable.
- Broadtail: Broadtail is characterized by its thin, soft leather and fine short hair. It is commonly used in dressier coats. Broadtail has a silky texture and fine moiré or watered-silk pattern. Natural gray broadtail wears the best, with natural brown broadtail wearing next best. This type of lamb can also be dyed numerous high fashion colors.
- Mongolian Lamb: This lamb has long, wavy, silky hair. It is sporty and attractive in coats and jackets, but needs special care because it can turn frizzy in wet weather. It is usually left its natural “lamb” color (off-white) or is bleached white.
- Shearling: Shearling is natural sheepskin that has been sheared (similar to mouton lamb), while the leather side has been sueded. The coats and jackets are casual, sporty, long wearing and relatively inexpensive. They do need care to keep the sueded side soft and clean, and the lamb side from matting, although the best American shearlings will not spot from rain.
- Persian Lamb: Persian lamb is also called karakul. The best-wearing Persian lambs are the natural browns, grays, and whites. Black Persian lamb is dyed to avoid the whiteness of the natural leather from showing through the curls.
As always, make sure to take great care of your garments. Annual cleaning and storage is greatly important as it will keep the garment in the best condition possible.