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Canadian fur manufacturers are highly specialized craftspeople, skilled artisans using centuries-old techniques transmitted from father to son and daughter. Each garment is individually cut and sewn, by hand, in small workshops, with the special attention to detail one gives to a unique piece of art.

More than 65 000 Canadians, including aboriginal and non-aboriginal trappers, farmers, processors, manufacturers, designers and retailers work in this remarkable trade. The industry contributes some $800 million annually to the Canadian economy, including more than $ 400 million in exports to fashion centers around the world.

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