Fashion Police Never Misses

{2 March 2007}   Bird Bag

The world’s largest bird could not fly but they could run really fast. I have seen a real live ostrich and yes they were huge, a thousand times bigger than a chicken. Their eggs are also big, equivalent to 16 chicken eggs. I wonder how big would a sunny-side-up ostrich egg would be? I also tasted ostrich meat and it was OK. It tasted like chicken, only bigger. Haha!

Ostriches are being farmed in over 50 countries worldwide. They are raised not primarily for their meat and eggs as food sources but for their skin and feathers. Fashion has explored a lot of sources of materials to supply the need of consumers. Ostrich feathers were popular during the 19th century as decorations for large dramatic hats. Today, ostrich leather is of high demand especially in Europe and the Unites States.

Because of its distinct appearance, having goose bumps all over due to large follicles where the feathers grew, it is highly coveted by fashion houses like Gucci, Hermes, Prada and Louis Vuitton. An example of which is an Hermes Birkin in ostrich leather. It is tanned in different colors and are made into luggage, shoes and other fashion accessories.

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