Cruella de Vil may have been a trendsetter after all. The good news is people aren't kidnapping, killing, and skinning dogs in order to have the latest fashions made from soft and cuddly dog fur. Dog owners are simply weaving sartorial masterpieces from the remains of a dog grooming session.
According to the eHow article "How to Knit a Dog Hair Sweater," the undercoat of a dog retrieved from combing is called the "chiengora." The chiengora can be used just like any other yarn for knitting, crocheting, or felting. Dog fur is actually warmer than standard lamb wool, and has been used in clothing for centuries.
Harvest the dog fur painlessly by combing your canine companion and then storing the hair, until you have enough for an article of clothing, which most likely will take years.
Seems like a lot of work, but totally worth it, right?
This method of clothes-making is the best of both worlds. You get to have a cozy and snazzy coat, and your dog gets to stay alive. Or maybe it's just weird.
In case even after reading the aforementioned eHow article you are still not convinced by your yarn-making skills, you can always send some of your dog's fur over to Doumé Jalat-Dehen and she'll take care of the rest, as reported by Vice. Check out her website to find out how you can get your very own ball of dog yarn.
So how many of you out there want to turn hair from man's best friend into man's best sweater?