The mink is a predator belonging to the marten
family. The male mink is about 45 centimetres long with a tail of
an additional 20 centimetres. The female is somewhat smaller.
Quality mink skins are soft and glossy with full and thick
Mink fur consists of two types of hair: underfur and guard hair.
The underfur is the shorter hairs at the base of the fur, while the
guard hairs are the longer hairs covering the underfur. A high
quality mink fur has lush, thick underfur and equal, lustrous guard
Mink skins are available in a wide range of colours. There are more
than 25 different natural colours varying from the clearest white
to the darkest black. Moreover, new techniques have given tanners
the opportunity to dye fur into all colours imaginable.
You can see
the many different colour types in this pdf