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« on: January 02, 2008 08:10:27 AM »

I know this topic was brought up before but this weekend I was catching up on my Knitty Gritty and sure enough, Vicki had someone who spun dog fur and knitted. My husband got disgusted just because we know how our dogs smell a bath or walking in the rain. I just remember the last time I went to pick up my Shih-Zu from the groomers. After 15 minutes I could breathe and I'm not asthmatic, just allergic to dogs. I wouldn't be able to wear or knit anything with dog fur yarn.


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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2008 09:39:48 AM »

there were, for the most part, no domesticated animals in "new world" (americas)

Llamas are the big exception, (and limited to highlands of SA)

dogs came with the original people.

Textiles of various sort were skills developed. (or perhaps also imported)

Cotton is native to americas (and to old world!) but with out domestic animals, textiles in NA were not a big feature of the culture

Exceptions:(south americas/llamas) in NA,  Bark cloth (uses by many original peoples) Navaho--(who use wool from sheep they caught/killed, combined with cotton) and some people of the pacific north west who bred dogs for 'wool' (these were special dogs, and only the belly fur was used, and it was used for ritual garments (like initiations-(baptisms!) or marriages, or coming of age rituals--for women!--men had different coming of age rituals)

not all dog fur smells, and to some degree, we (north americans, especially, europeans to a lesser degree) are a people who don't like strong (body) odors.

we want to be 'scentless' or artifically scented.  we wash, we only use floral/spice scents on body products, we change our clothes, and wash them frequently.

in some (many societies!) body odor is acceptable (and even considered attractive!) and the odor of dog fun (or the oder of furs in general (and mink coats, and other furs smell too!) would have been much more acceptable.

i don't think i would like to wear dog fur, (because of the odor) but then, i don't like the smell a house has when a dog lives in it!

but i don't mind my multinational neighbors who often smell of the spices they uses in cooking (the smell tumeric, like the smell of garlic, passes through the skin--eat them, and you smell of them!)

but many, many folks find any body odor (even perfume!) unacceptalbe. 

(we don't often realize this, but NA's are in the minority in this view!--in most of the world, smelling of soap is not a good thing!)

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