Posted by Gary | Posted in Ostrich Feathers | Posted on 25-11-2009
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Used creatively for centuries, the ostrich feather has proved itself versatile when used artistically. This article will explore how ostrich feathers have been used throughout the years.
In ancient times, the Pharaohs of Egypt used to carry fans made from ostrich feathers to protect them from the sun. It has been documented that Roman Generals used ostrich feathers in their headgear to indicate rank.
Today, ostrich feathers are commonly used as a decoration during important ceremonies such as birthdays, weddings and anniversary parties. Their versatile and elegant nature makes them a perfect choice for centrepieces. The feathers can be dyed in a variety of different colours which can be used to create elaborate and eye-catching displays.
Fashion designers have also used ostrich feathers in their clothing and accessories for many years. The versatility of the feathers allow for truly unique creations. I know of a lady who creates Burlesque clothing for a living and uses many ostrich feathers in her designs. And, only recently Sarah Jessica Parker could be seen with an ostrich feather handbag in the Sex and the City movie.
Whilst they have their creative uses, ostrich feathers can also have their practical advantages. During the early 1900′s the natural oils contained within the feathers were discovered to attract dust particles. This led to a demand for ostrich feather dusters which originally were viewed as a status symbol but have become a popular household item today. Those who advocate the use of ostrich feather dusters cite their ability to attract the dust into them without scattering it around the room!
With demand so high for ostrich feathers many people are concerned with how the feathers are obtained. In the past the ostrich was mainly hunted for its feathers but thankfully many are now farmed humanly. There are many farms in India and China where the birds are kept until they are ready to shed their feathers and, when they are the feathers are gently plucked by the workers on the farms. Of course, there are unfortunately some farms where conditions are poor but for the most part the birds are well looked after.
At HandcraftedUK we work closely with our overseas suppliers to ensure that the feathers we obtain are from farms where the birds live in humane conditions and are not harmed for their feathers.
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