16 April 2013Fashion & Lifestyle
In collaboration with Kopenhagen Studio, the two talented and popular designers David Andersen and Julien Fournié have individually made beautiful garments in swakara fur.
The focus has during the collaboration been on
new ways to use and work with swakara, and the curly,
flat and silky fur has been used creatively for beautiful dresses
for women and stylish jackets for men. For example, David Andersen
worked with degradé on white swakara, which is one of the most
sought-after and valuable fur types in the world, because only a
few thousand of the milky white pelts are bred annually.
Julien Fournié, who also uses swakara in his autumn/winter collection for 2013, has used a newly developed technique that makes swakara stretchable and thereby is creating whole new uses of the pelts. In addition, the fur has been used in combination with other materials, such as leather.
It is the karakul farmers in Namibia who sell the skins under the brand Swakara, which is an acronym for 'South West African Karakul'. Swakara differs from the other productions of karakuls, which primarily are bred in Central Asia. The swakara skin is of a very high quality, and the success has been achieved through systematic breeding since 1907, where the first karakul sheep were brought to Namibia.
Swakara is sold exclusively at the Kopenhagen Fur auctions in April and September. Enjoy the beautiful pictures of David Andersen and Julien Fournié's showpieces in the folder.