The other day I saw a post on the Internet where a person asked:' Which feathers are vegan?'
Lots of people commented on her post saying things like, if the bird does not die the feathers are vegan or there are vegans which do use animal products etc.
It made me reflect on what does vegan actually mean? In our day and age I think it is very wise we start asking questions like this lady as we seam to become very much a "I want it NOW' society and it seams we loose touch with how and why things exist.
The dictionary says, 'a vegetarian is one who omits all animal products from the diet. It is lifestyle in which you don't use, wear, or consume animal products.'
My late sister in law was a very strict vegan who did exactly that, but she could not stay away from chocolate.
So how does a vegan who chooses to be strict make hats?
Well there are many products they can use:
- Sinamay, Jin Sin, straws are made from plant fibres
- laces,veiling,braids can be derived from polyesters and natural plant fibres
- Felt is tricky as they are all animal hair ( sheep do not die when getting the fleece,but fur felt uses dead rabbits)
- feathers come from birds,most of them farmed and die. Some birds loose their feathers naturally as in Peacocks,pheasants,many birds malt and loose feathers like Guinea fouls. One can make feather look a like with Sinamay or from fabrics like cotton
- leathers can be subsidised through imitation leathers which are very good these days
- Fur can be a cruel business indeed. Often the animals get farmed in cruel conditions. They often are getting exposed in open cages in wind tunnels to further their growth of fur with no escape for shelter which would not happen in nature.
- Astrakhan is unborn lamb ( personally I could not work with material like that, vegan or not vegan)