Irkutsk, Russia

  • Date
  • 9 August 1999

Our fur factory visit offered me a glimpse into the past, before automation occurred in manufacturing. Spread over seven floors, the factory uses very few machines, instead having scores of mostly older women hand-stitch fur pelts, which are later delivered by foot to another floor for the next step in the coat-making process. Minx is in demand around the world, the manger told us, since it can be farmed, decreasing price as compared to sable and lynx, which must be trapped.