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Wearing The Hair Of The Dog. Portraits Of People In Clothes Made From Their Pets' Fur.




These aren't just lovely portraits of people posing with their pets, but look a little closely and you'll see that the owners are wearing sweaters and vests that resemble the fur of their dogs. And they should because they were literally made from them.

Below is a series of photographs (an ongoing project) by photographer Erwan Fichou of people posing with their beautiful dogs, sporting canine couture... actual sweaters and vests made from the hair (fur?) of their own pet dogs.










Here is the description of the series:
Dogwool series, 2005-2007. Eleven portraits (in progress)

The hair, especially hair known as the stuffing, once recovered after brushing, is carefully preserved until the amount necessary to achieve the knit structure.
The hair is spun into balls of 50 g by a specialist before returning via mail, to its owner.
C-prints, 40 * 50 cm, Marie-Louise, glass, wooden framework.

To see more of photographer Erwan Fichou's unusual work, go here.

Apparently there are a few people out there who actually make clothes from your pet's hair or fur.

Pet Yarn Chic makes hats, scarves and wraps from your pet's 'yarn'.


Above: Bettina Menkhoff, 50, from Stoetze in Germany makes scarves, gloves and other clothes and sells them over the internet at www.jolly-fellows.de


Above: Pam Gardner, of Milton Keynes, Northamptonshire, has at least six jumpers and cardigans made from her pet Old English sheepdogs. She says they are warm and soft, similar to jumpers made from Angora goats' wool. Mrs Gardner, who charges £11 to turn 100g of dog or cat hair into wool, says the conversion is too labor-intensive to be anything more than a hobby. She has made wool from about 30 breeds of dog, including alsatians and chow chows, and had about 200 customers.


Above: Betsy Willis first used the fur of Kara, to knit her husband's sweater in 1990. Mrs Willis, 71, said she had the idea after seeing a picture of Princess Diana wearing a dog fur stole at Crufts.

She said: "Kara was a pedigree Samoyed. She was so posh, if she could have talked she'd not have spoken to the likes of us. "We found out from the breeders we got the pups from that it was possible to use their coat for clothes. "It is the most amazing stuff. It's like mohair but more lightweight and more soft, and the more you wash it, the more soft and fluffy it gets." Mrs Willis added: "People are surprised when they find out we're wearing dog wool clothes. Some think it's disgusting and ask how we can do it, but it seems very normal to us." Even now, Mrs Willis has enough hair left over to make a new jumper, and it has been sent to a friend in Derby to be spun.

Wanna try it yourself?




My apologies to the owners of such sweet dogs as Chinese Cresteds and American Hairless Terriers. Thanks to an anonymous reader who sent me this:



Now for you Cat lovers, be sure to check out the jewelry made from Cat hair!

Jewelry The Cat Coughed Up. Feline Furball Necklaces, Earrings and Rings.

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I think its a great idea...you get it from BRUSHING THEM. I know that my family has a bunch of dogs and it all just gets stuck on the floor! To think it could be useful! So this is a great thing and an open market for small businesses as well! Great idea!!

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Those coats have to stink, especially when it is damp outside.

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Hello thanks for yet another nice and interesting post. Where do you get your inspiration for all this ?

perplexity said...

For all of you who keep saying this is gross or weird or wrong, I have something to point out... You do realize MANY "faux furs" contain at least some amount of dog fur?? And I know it has been pointed out many times previously but what is the difference in using dog fur verses any other animals fur?? One of the most expensive furs you can buy, mink, is a weasel. Another expensive fur, fox, is in the CANINE family. I'm not sure these photos show the most style as far as the silhouette of the clothing but I can definitely see dog (or cat) fur making beautiful clothing should someone with the proper skills and aesthetic give it a try! I'm sure it would be much more inexpensive than other "real" furs...and if you aren't planning a homemade project yourself...should someone create a line of clothing using dog/cat fur, we all might be able to start selling what our pets shed. Win/win in my book. Wish I was that designer. (P.S. I didn't get here from cracked.com but I read it regularly and I am far from immature or idiotic...over-generalization is such bs!)

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Ivette said...

Awesome!! I wanna try too with my samoyed!

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Yes it's very hip. Love the hipness. :)

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Wow, I am a big fan of animal photos. These are really inspirational. Thank you so much for sharing them.

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Nati said...

How the hell do people not find this creepy? Seriously, ew!

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Clothes Made From Their Pets'Fur are really beautiful. Of course not cheap.

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Pure Costumes said...

Wow, didn't even know this would be possible. How about making pet costumes of out this? Interesting concept though.

Restylane said...

Wow this is really a great post creative one. Thanks

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I would have never imagined knitting sweater wit dog hair. I have seven dogs I might be able to save some money on clothes

BOBRICK said...

Not really something I've seen done before. It's...interesting to say the least.

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Parasol said...

Im really not sure about this. On one had its nice, but on the other its kinda freaky!

MargoR said...

I've seen on TV once a woman who sales clothes, bags and other items made out of her dogs hair. She claimed it to be really high quality hair and that a lot of people are interested in purchasing her items.
I have to say it's all fun and nice when the hair comes from your own dog after a little haircut or something but I hope this wont become a trend :(
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Anonymous said...

Great post and idea!! But I could never indulge as my husband is allergic to all animal fur. The only pet I will be a getting is a gecko or snake haha.

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I think its a great idea...you get it from BRUSHING THEM. I know that my family has a bunch of dogs and it all just gets stuck on the floor! To think it could be useful! So this is a great thing and an open market for small businesses as well! Great idea!!

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If there is a way of doing this that involves killing the dog, I am all for it. I would LOVE to wear my mother-in-laws dog.

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Anonymous said...

What a neat thing to do...........I'm amazed that the fur is spun so tightly that it holds together to form a yarn product ! It would be just as nice to make the fur into a small blanket to throw over your legs as you sit by a nice fire...........BUT the hair ball necklace is a real big stretch of ones imagination and I would have to say YUCKY, YUCKY, YUCKY to that idea . My kitties have given me one or two and it's right to the trash with
them............I enjoy knitting and I think what these people have done is GREAT !! I think hats and scarfs and mittens would be wonderful too :D

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katgirlJudith said...

At least 25 years ago, I bought both a jacket and a long coat at the wonderful Santa Fe Weaving Gallery on Galisteo STreet in Santa Fe N.M. These garments were made by gifted weaver/knitter/designer Nancy Paap, one of the cofounders of the gallery, who still prouduces gorgeous hand-made garments. Mine are made with various richly colored wools into which she knitted fur combed from samoyed dogs. She lined each garment with brightly colored silk. They are not at all bulky, draping beautifully on the body, and are amazingly warm and soft, without doing the slightest harm to any animal! No odor. Only great comfort and beauty. I have worn these constantly every winter since I bought them, inspiring many compliments and my own deep admiration for Nancy's skilled artistry. She continues to produce her gorgeous art, as she has throughout most of her life.

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