Faux fur is another term for fake fur. The word “faux” is French for “not real” or “fake.” It is now used widely as a substitute to real fur. In fact, there are many faux fur materials that are so faithful to the original that it is hard to tell them apart.
But during the early days of the manufacture of faux fur, these products were thought of as cheap imitations with shoddy craftsmanship. It was even easy to distinguish real fur from faux fur. At some point faux fur even became associated with the lower class. The times have changed though. Many people now appreciate using faux fur and it has become quite popular. One of the reasons faux fur has become so popular is because no animals are harmed or killed in making them. Even though there are still people who prefer to wear real fur, the numbers of these people have steadily dropped over the years. Even fashion designers, who once used real fur for their collections, are now increasingly using faux fur. They do this partly out of solidarity with protectors of animal rights, but also because of pressure from organizations like the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or PETA.
Fine acrylic fibers are seen as one of the best materials for making faux fur. Acrylic is very versatile. It can be dyed with different colors to better approximate the natural colors and patterns of real animal fur. Faux fur can also give the warmth that people look for when they use them, although it should be noted that it will not be as warm as using real fur.