Chinchillas are a type of small rodent that are found predominately in the Andes Mountains in America. They live in small groups more commonly called ‘herds’ and they are one of those animals that move around the most after dark. This animal is named after people of a certain tribe that resided in the Andes. They were called the Chincha people. The fur of Chinchillas is perhaps its most valuable asset and it is used to make expensive fur coats because of its velvety texture which is not found in a lot of other rodents. Chinchillas have a history of being farm-raised as well as abducted from the wild for commercial reasons. Farm-raised chinchillas are usually kept well and then used for their soft fur.
The native environment of Chinchillas is the rocky crevices of mountains and they are physically capable of jumping large distances in order to avoid animals of prey that may exist in proximity to them. Predators that notably prey on Chinchillas are skunks, snakes, felines and canines. Their entry into the fur industry is quite well known as it depended on a number of characteristics that the fur of this animal possesses that many other types of fur do not. They were first used to make warm clothing around the 16th century when the properties of their fur were properly determined. Each hair follicle creates roughly sixty more small hairs which make the fur exceedingly valuable in the fur industry. Ideally the fur of the Chinchilla is used to line small items of clothing or to make them. Depending on the price range at which it will later be sold, entire clothing items of a much larger size can also be made from the fur of this small animal.
It is a common belief in the fur industry that since the size of a Chinchilla is very small; a large number of them need to be caught at any one time in order for a full length coat or wrap to be created. Domesticated chinchillas are kept for this purpose in farms and are then used commercially at considerable profit. Chinchillas must be kept in certain temperatures since their bodies have the ability to overheat if the weather gets too hot for them to survive. If their bodies do overheat, they can easily die from heatstrokes and heat exhaustion. Chinchillas are widely used in the manufacture of premium fur coats, accessories and hats and these products are sold at exceptional prices so they are not widely available in department stores or on the high street. Furriers such as Mano Swartz Furs is known for providing a coat of this fur type with exceptional quality and style. Since these items tend to be really expensive, they are usually reserved for the more privileged class who can afford them easily and some may be made to order in certain cases. To be sure your garment is of the highest quality with a custom fit, get in touch with Cynthia Parks master furrier or another well-known expert in the fur industry who can assist you.