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Fur techniques by Kopenhagen Studio

Fur is an ancient material. It has through the ages been used by rich and poor both as a natural part of clothing and as decorations on hats, bags, jewellery and furniture and interior. The overall theme for this year’s fur techniques from Kopenhagen Studio is ‘Modern Knights’ and it has a large emphasis on accessories and using the fur skins to their fullest. With a strong focus on craftsmanship and details, Kopenhagen Studio honours the ancient times, combining mink with several other fabrics. With this beautiful, sensuous, three dimensional material it is possible to achieve new types of democratic luxury products in the combination of different materials that are available to a larger crowd. The shades chosen are warm brown and grey focusing on natural types of mink but also lightly dyed skins. All styles except one is based on the use of mink bands of varying width (0.5–2 cm).

Fur combined with metal chains

The metal chain technique is inspired by the ancient chain mails used to protect the upper part of the body. The designers working on the project wanted to give the technique a lighter feel than the original chain mail. To create this lightness the designers looked to the movement of cornfields in the wind. This inspiration led to a long haired yet exclusive feel. This technique is ideal to spice up a vintage fur coat or a simple new fur piece. It can be used both all over as on the style produced by Kopenhagen Studio or in smaller patches like a brooch or other jewellery. It is possible to use chains in all different colours and sizes. The look adds volume to the fur and gives an all over exclusive look no matter if it is all over the style or in smaller areas.

1. Choose the material and the preferred look.

3. Attach the chains by hand and stitch it to the reverse.

2. Construct a pattern of how the chains should be combined with the fur.

4. Mark the back of the fur skin according to the pattern.

Lace and fur stripe pattern

Femininity, naturalness and a combination of strength and sensitivity are the keywords for the lace technique. This technique makes it possible to create piece goods; making it more accessible and more tangible. Using the lace technique increases the fur skin by 100% and it makes the styles lighter and more feminine.

1. Choose the material and the preferred look.

3. Cut lace bands in appropriate lengths.

2. Cut 2 cm wide bands lengthwise.

4. Stitch the fur bands to the lace bands.

Fur ruffle trim

The inspiration for this technique comes from a mixture of the ancient cities and the modern metropolis. It is in one way very modern but still based on the ancient ideas and techniques. The style it is applied to is inspired by a wintery Lady Marion.


This special trimming technique gives a ruffled look not unlike sea anemones. It adds volume to the trimmings and it has a big effect on any fur piece or clothing garment. It can also be applied to ribbons and used on e.g. scarfs.

2. Cut 0.5 cm wide bands crosswise.

1. Choose the material and the preferred look.

3. Cut and fold silk in the desired width.

4. Stitch silk and fur bands together.

5. Press the seam.

6. Fold and sew pleats in the required size.

Striped bark

Nature is the most important inspiration for the bark technique. The technique resembles bark from a tree especially if the fur skins used are different shades of brown as seen on the style from Kopenhagen Studio. This technique is very operable and can be used in combination with all kinds of fabric: leather, microfiber, cashmere etc. etc. Furthermore it works perfectly for reversible fur garments. Dependent on how large the bands are and how far apart they are stitched to the fabric; the fur skin is increased by minimum 50%. This is furthermore a great technique for interiors.

2. Cut 1 cm wide bands lengthwise.

1. Choose the material and the preferred look.

3. To achieve the uneven surface from bark the bands should be stitched to the fabric disregarding hair lengths and the sex of the skin. This makes it easier and more economical to produce as it can be made from leftover skins.

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Fur Techniques 2010  

Kopenhagen Studio - Fur Techniques 2010