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10/10/2011 17:37:15 PM by KapitN   Send Message to KapitN  2409  views, category: Pet secrets for humans view all blogs

    

Humanity’s obsession with cats has reached a new level of bizarre intensity. Not only are cats a cherished icon, but even their hair has become a source for home crafts. Crafting with cat hair has become a surprising trend in Japan, and is now making its way across the Pacific.

 

The original cat hair crafter was Tokyo-born feline enthusiast Kaori Tsutaya, whose wrote a book “Crafting with Cat Hair: Cute Handcrafts to Make with Your Cat”. Tsutaya’s thesis was simple; so many people have cats, and so many cats shed hair all around their household, so why not put that stray fur to good use? By taking a mound of fur big enough to fill both hands, Tsutaya can entwine and compress the hair fibers into a felt-like substance. From there she creates such accessories as bags, mittens, gloves, hats, puppets, and more. According to Tsutaya, cat hair accessories allow you to take a little of your cat with you everywhere you go, in a more meaningful way than a sweater carpeted with fur.

 

The American release of Crafting with Cat Hair, translated into English by Amy Hirschman, will be published this week by Quirk Books (who have printed such titles as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, proving that they have no bias against the completely wacky). The book includes several exercises that teach readers how to make cat hair crafts, starting with a simple finger puppet. It should be noted, however, that owners should not shave their cats to acquire the hair, as it is extremely uncomfortable for the cat and most felines will provide enough fur with a good brushing and their regular shedding. It should also be noted that people should use discretion when wearing cat hair items, as they might trigger the allergies of others.


Crafting with Cat Hair will see its Western release on October 11th, 2011.



About the author: A freelance writer/cartoonist living in LA, with my fiance' and our wonderful cat. You can see my work at www.rubysworldcomic.com and rubynation.smackjeeves.com more >>

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