The Rise of the Synthetic Weasel - Perspectives No. 299
The Rise of the Synthetic Weasel
Perspectives No. 299
For discerning watercolor painters, a hand-made pure Kolinsky sable brush has always been the ultimate tool with which to create. These brushes are not made from sable hair at all—rather, they are made from only the tail hair of the winter coat of the male Siberian Kolinsky (Mustela Sibirica), a species of the weasel family. Because the animals are isolated to Siberia and northeast China, and because they do not do well in captivity, the cost of their hair has always been very high, usually about three times the cost of gold, or approximately $58,000.00 per pound today!
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