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Live like the ancients with fur
2018-11-16 
The charm of fur coat is timeless. [Photo/VCG; IC]

Let's say you return to the Stone Age this season and live like our ancestors, without protection from any proper garments.

Do you envy those animals covered by soft and warm fur?

Ancient people, despite cultural differences, might have the same thought — as they never ditched fur for production.

A screenshot from the 1986 TV adaptation of  Journey to the West. [Photo/Mtime]

Even mythical creatures fancied fur coats.

Monkey King, or Sun Wukun, in Chinese classic Journey to the West, wears a skirt-like apron made from tiger fur.

Though it was roughly made, the apron is still an iconic wardrobe of the Monkey King, nicely matching his black boots.

Actor Liu Haoran plays an immortal role wearing a feather coat in the 2017 film  Legend Of The Demon Cat. [Photo/Mtime]
A fur robe from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). [Photo/dpm.org.cn]

Ancient Chinese people developed these techniques to a higher level. They not only changed fur into coats, but also made feather garments as well.

And unlike modern people, who often only have one or two fur coats, ancient Chinese people had many. Especially those nobles and royals who had a great fortune.

A fur robe belongs to Emperor Kangxi in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). [Photo/dpm.org.cn]

In autumn, their wardrobe was stuffed with fur coats, from lambskin to fox fur to mink.

Facing so many choices, they did not wear one casually, but followed a strict rule that divided the fur coats into three main categories according to the size of the fur.

Anyone who failed to obey the rules would be taken ridiculed.

Fox fur. [Photo/VCG]

Yet this strict rule only works among the wealthier class. Normal people often wore sheepskin and common fox fur.

Nowadays, however, fur coats are often taken as a stereotypical outfit for rich, old-fashioned people, who often appear with a heavy gold necklace and diamond ring.

Additionally, wearing fur is seen as an act of brutality to animal rights activists.

Supermodel Kendall Jenner celebrates her birthday in a green overcoat with faux-fur collar. [Photo/IC]

Yet the softness and warmth of fur is so alluring we can shift our attention to faux fur.

In recent years, colorful faux fur successfully broke the old monopoly of natural ones and has been welcomed by an increasing number of young people.

Actress Sun Yi in faux-fur overcoat. [Photo/IC]
Actress Qi Wei in faux-fur coat. [Photo/IC]
A model in a bright pink faux-fur coat. 

 

A faux-fur overcoat. [Photo/VCG]
A fur coat. [Photo/VCG]
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