A small group of young animal technicians, furriers, designers, farmers, and others gathered in Kastoria for the first half of the fur summer school and then travelled to Siatista for the second part of the camp. Throughout those days the group were introduced to many key elements of the fur industry, from mink breeding down to the fur garment retail sale. The trip included visits to fur farms, dressing and dying companies, fashion studios, small and big fur-manufacturing companies and retail shops.
Participants also attended seminars and workshops on fur-related issues such as commutations and marketing, fur ethics, material techniques and other such topics. This gave attendees an insight into how important it is to understand how animals are bred, tended and respected throughout their life and beyond. It also provided a chance to see the technical processes needed to prepare, colour, treat and enrich the natural fur products that we see on sale. Additionally, there was a chance to see traditional techniques used to handle fur, and how each company has different styles and individual approaches when producing a fur product.