The Past : Background of
… a successful course of six centuries
Fur is manufactured in Kastoria and
Siatista since the 14th century. From the 16th century
and afterwards, when the demand of furs increased
not only as means of protection from cold, but also
as a symbol of social status, Greek fur manufacturers
started importing raw material from abroad and supplying
Europe with fur garments.
In the 18th century fur conquers the
world and becomes the "must" item of elegance
and style. In 1894 the first fur sewing machine was
imported in Greece, up to then fur was sewed by hand.
Thus the industry began to adapt to the technology
available at that time. At the end of World War II,
especially after 1950, the sector develops rapidly
due to the skilled work and technique of the areas
fur manufacturers. At this time Kastoria and Siatista
become the main international fur production centers.
Today the Greek fur industry functions
in a way that ensures the responsible use of renewable
raw material natural resources. Fur does not pollute
or disturb our ecological system, because raw materials
originate from fur animal breeding farms which operate
under strict specifications in order to provide the
appropriate conditions for fur animals to grow. These
are realized with absolute respect for the international
rules, established for the management of ecosystems.
The secrets of fur manufacturing are
bequeathed from father to son and the modern development
of the industry combined with tradition, have resulted
in the products’ distinguished characteristics that
has made it recognizable in the international market.
Thus, each fur is unique and constitutes for it’s maker
as well as for the person who wears it a work of high
quality and technique.