As Europe shivers in the grip of an Arctic airstream, a reminder comes from the Soviet Union that where fashion and warmth need to go together, there's just no substitute for fur.
CU Large furs hanging on conveyor
CU Woman brushing and examining fur (3 shots)
GV Furs down conveyor belt to women cutting
SV Woman cutting and marking fur for collar. (2 shots)
CU PAN Woman shaping fur
CU Woman sewing furs
LV Woman working on furs
CU Woman stitching
SV Finished coats on conveyor belt, both full-length and short types (4 shots).
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Background: As Europe shivers in the grip of an Arctic airstream, a reminder comes from the Soviet Union that where fashion and warmth need to go together, there's just no substitute for fur.
Intrepid hunters have been trapping fur in Siberia for centuries, but today fur-making in the Soviet Union, as in other countries, is organised on large-scale, industrial lines.
But fur manufacturing remains essentially a handicraft industry. The cutter must match the pelts according to colour and quality to achieve a uniform finish, and must also cut the skins to the designer's pattern with a minimum of wastage.
All this is familiar ground to the girls who work at the Rostokino Furriery, whose products go out to dress women all over the world. Skins of sable and marten, arctic fox and mink, fox and karakul, are handled here with the care and precision a jeweller gives his gems.
Each year the factory produces more than 800,000 fur mantle, nearly 700,000 collars, a quarter million coats for children and fur hats by the thousand. All in all a cosy thought for the time of year.