Beaver fur

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Beaver pelts are traditionally used to make clothing (jackets, coats, trousers, gloves, shoes). Beavers are mainly found in America, Canada and Siberia. Up to the middle of the 20th century, beavers were used in North America as a means of payment for trade with the indigenous peoples. The tails of the beaver are hairless. Leather made using beaver tail looks like reptile leather and was used in the past (when fur was more popular) as an alternative to crocodile leather.

In Siberia, beavers were hunted so extensively that only a few remained at the beginning of the twentieth century. Since 1924, beavers have been protected leading to growth in their population.

By the early 1900's, beavers were almost extinct in some parts of Canada. After 1961, following effective protective measures, hunting beavers was permitted to a limited extent. For the indigenous peoples, beaver flesh is considered a healthy food source.


Tensed beaver fur German leather museum in Offenbach.


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Watch strap from the tail of a beaver.


Video about beaver fur

The production of beaver fur.

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