Before textiles were developed furs and skins were used for clothing. Fur continued to be used for warmth, especially in the colder northern climates. At the end of the middle ages it reached its peak in popularity, when it conveyed the message of status and power. Like silk it was restricted by sumptuary laws, though in reality they were mostly ignored. It would often be used as a lining with just the edges visible to the viewer. After the middle of the 15th century opulent textiles became more affordable, leading to a decline in the popularity of fur.
The House of Sculthorpe will not get involved in the supply of real fur. Our faux furs are selected as a good alternative for when a substitute is appropriate.