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African designers attempt to ditch fur, create replica skins digitally

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Feb. 16, 20 | 9:53 am

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Digital designers from Southern Africa have launched a campaign to replace leopard furs with replica.

According to a report by CNN, these designers—identified as Lozi people of Zambia’s Barotseland region—have launched the Saving Spots campaign to instead wear fake fur-based ceremonial wardrobe in special events instead of the skins of wild cats.

The project, according to head Inyambo Yeta, aims to save the African wildlife. “Our wildlife is disappearing because it’s being poached out of existence,” CNN quoted him as saying.

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During ceremonial events, the Lozi men usually wear clothing from leopard skins and tails, as well as a lion mane headpiece. Yeta said the skins get easily worn out due to poor curation, causing them to replace it every three years—which means more illegal killing of these creatures.

Research has shown that the leopards are dangerously decreasing due to poaching, with the number falling by 70 percent in the last six years—making it the most persecuted big cat in the world. The demand for their skin has always been high because of the wide usage of ceremonial wear in southern Africa.

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The Saving Spots campaign aims to diminish the demand and encourage the Lozi people and the rest of the region to switch to fake fur. In this project, designers create the heritage furs using thick-file fabrics that resemble real animal skin. These materials are generated in China and designed in Durban, South Africa.

Yeta said that the concept was met with hostility at first, but after they realized that the fabric felt just the same, it has become in demand. Currently, he says almost 20,000 fake furs have been distributed in many ceremonial events—especially to the younger people. The replica furs are also more affordable as well, which helped with the gained traction.

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