By Emily Blunt-GibsonIn a new feature from the National Geographic Channel, photographer Emily Blum and filmmaker Ryan Latham share their top tips for surviving the cold in a world where fur is banned.
Blum and Latham are working on a documentary about fur bombers, who are believed to be responsible for many of the attacks that have rocked Europe in recent years.
The first Fur Bomber appeared in 1859, when the Swedish fur trade was outlawed in Sweden.
Since then, the industry has become a lucrative business for European countries, with about 30 percent of the world’s fur exports in 2015, according to the Fur Institute, a trade association.
Blums and Lantz set out to figure out what went into making a fur bomber coat.
“When I first started doing research, I was struck by the sheer amount of research that went into getting the fur jackets that were worn in the film,” Blum said.
“I found a lot of different websites, and a lot more research, and I found a couple of websites that really made it sound like it’s not just a coat.
There was an entire subreddit dedicated to this.
So, I just kind of thought, I gotta see it, I’m gonna see what it takes.”
Blum said the Fur Bomber jacket was made from wool and was made for women.
“The hood was the top of the hood.
It had to be made with a single layer of wool.
It’s an amazing thing to see the hood that they were wearing,” she said.
The hood and top of a fur coat.
(Photo courtesy of Emily Blums)”You can also see the embroidery on the coat.
It was so intricate.
It really did look like it was a piece of jewelry.”
Blums spent a lot longer studying the history of the fur trade than Latham.
“I just think it’s such a simple thing to understand,” he said.
“There’s so much misinformation and misinformation about fur, and it’s really a complex thing that we’re all just trying to figure it out.”
Latham said the fur industry is still evolving and there are no guarantees in the industry.
“Fur is not as easy as it used to be,” he explained.
“We’re not sure how the technology will be able to be applied in the future.
We’re not going to see fur coats that are as simple as we saw in the 19th century.”
The film is available now on National Geographic.com.
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