Birds of a feather don’t fly together
Some of the world’s most popular birds in terms of birds feathers are also the most popular birds in terms of quantity of numbers. For example, ostrich plumes make for fantastic Las Vegas style showgirl fans and would be in short supply if ostriches were continually shot in the wild. Fortunately, the bird cannot fly and so it is an easy animal to breed in captivity and then, when fully grown, can be killed for its delicious meat, its skin for producing fine leather goods, and its variety of amazing plumes for creating ostrich feather fringes, fans or amazing head wear.
Peacock of the walk
Many people think that peacocks are similar to the ostrich in that they don’t fly. The truth is, peacocks do fly but they do not like to fly very far because their feathers are more for show than flight. The female doesn’t have the amazing tail feathers and is more prone to take to the air than the peacock, but peahens and peacocks are quite content to stay rooted on the ground. The tail feathers of the peacock are famous for their seeing-eye pattern which is why peacock tail plumage is such a popular choice with interior designers who use the tail plumes instead of floral displays.
A pheasant season
Pheasants and partridges are most definitely bred for their meat and for giving sport and yet the pheasant plumage is one of the most delightful in terms of practicality. William Shakespeare would have undoubtedly written his plays and sonnets with pens made from pheasants feathers. However, pheasant down is much softer than the long slim plumes used for flight and they make for ideal fringes when fixed to material tape which is then sewn onto dresses. Of course, pheasants that are shot out of the sky are inclined to be damaged, first by the shotgun pellets and then by the teeth of the retriever dog; but if a pheasant is killed by hand, its feathers really are some of the most perfect.
Feather fringes can make any outfit look fantastic; for example, the BBC hit series: ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ often utilises in their dress designs many styles of plumage. The way the fringes float and swirl really add a quality to an outfit that cannot be achieved in any other way. The types of plumage that is most popular for creating fringes include goose, pheasant, Coque, turkey, chinchilla, ostrich and birds of paradise. It should be noted, that the amazing birds of paradise are an endangered species and that plumage from birds of paradise will always be fake, although it is usually very hard to tell.
There is really no need to wear the skins of exotic animals to look great when there are so many varieties of feather that will keep you warm and make any outfit look amazing.
The Ostrich Feather Manufacturing Company http://www.ostrichfeather.co.uk/ was created in the City of London in the 1920s and offers a fine range of feather products and imitation feathers. A major exporter of peacock feathers, feather products and fashions, the Ostrich Feather Manufacturing Company has gone from making and selling feather hats to creating a wide mix of feather products from feathers supplied by ostriches, geese, peacocks, chickens, turkeys and coque birds.This author has published 4 press releases so far.