OSTRICH WING PLUMES

Sample large ostrich wing plume dyed gold over white

Sample large ostrich wing plume dyed gold over white

Ostrich feathers vary greatly in size and type but the grandest and fullest are the wing plumes. Premium feathers like Lamplight’s come only from the farm raised South African Black ostrich. The naturally white plumes are from the mature male ostrich and take a dye very well.   These are washed and dried by the ostrich farmer.  They are clipped from the bird with no harm. Large plumes can range between 20-30 inches long with herl (fibers) width that can exceed 12 inches across. Ostrich wing plumes have a thicker stems than drabs.

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Peacock Feather Dress

DSC_3502One of our customers submitted this lovely photo and step by step instructions for a peacock feather themed dress she created. Check out the article at:

http://mystyledecors.com/diy-peacock-halloween-costume/

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RING-NECKED PHEASANTS

RING-NECKED PHEASANT

RING-NECKED PHEASANT

Here at Lamplight Feather we feature a variety of pheasant feathers including tail feathers, loose plumage, and feather trim. We would like to introduce you to some of the birds that produce these feathers. Today we are featuring the ring-necked pheasant.

The ring-necked pheasant (or ringneck) is a ground-dwelling, gallinaceous (chicken-like) bird of Asia first introduced into the United States prior to the 1800s. By the 1880s, wild ring-necked pheasants had become established in sustainable breeding populations within the United States and have remained one of the most popular and sought after upland game birds in central and northern regions of the country. The ring-necked’s exceptional quality as table fare, coupled with its high resistance to parasites and diseases common in ground-feeding birds, makes this colorful game bird both highly desirable and very manageable.

Also characteristic of the ring-necked is its ability to share similar niches with many native grassland and farmland community wildlife species. One exception has been its interaction with native prairie chickens – pheasant males can disrupt prairie chicken “leks” (male mating gatherings) and pheasant hens may lay eggs in prairie chicken nests. Consequently, efforts to repatriate prairie chickens in some areas may require prior removal of pheasants.

The ring-necked is highly dependent on habitats in and around croplands and agricultural landscapes. Significant changes in farming practices within the last half of the twentieth century have had detrimental effects on ring-necked pheasant populations. Removal of overgrown hedgerows and fence rows from agricultural fields and other “clean farming” practices and the conversion of open, native grass- lands and other idle habitat to introduced grasses and developed lands have contributed to a loss of nesting and protective cover resulting in population declines.

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“What is this feather?” we are often asked

Fashion collar of black stripped coque: STRIPPED COQUE is the correct identifying term for this type of feather but few people outside of milliners know it or know how to search for it. It is sometimes called “eyelash feathers”. “Coque” is a tem for ROOSTER TAIL FEATHERS while stripped coque means that the sides fibers have been stripped off of the stem just leaving short section at the top. This type of feather is popular in millinery design, fascinators, and dramatic and unusual applications like the feather collar shown here.

Tony Hill
Lamplight Feather

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White Peacock Feathers in Julia Roberts Gown

White peacock feathers were put to stunning use in a Julia Roberts gown for the recent Snow White movie. The dramatic collar fan of feathers is complemented by some wonderful stitching on the bodice and sleeves.

There is a variety of peacock with all white feathers. These are not albino but a color variation of the India Blue peacock. White peacock feathers are rare and difficult to keep in stock. Lamplight Feather usually has a limited supply of white peacock feathers during the year but has the widest variety during the summer molting season. They are a very popular decorative feather especially for wedding decoration. Above is a picture of a natural male white peacock. White peacocks are not albinos. Albino animals and birds have a complete lack of color and red or pink eyes. White peafowl have blue eyes. The white color appears in other domestically bred peafowl but in different quantities. Chicks are born yellow and become white as they mature, according to the Peafowl Varieties Database. Indian peafowl of all colors, including white, have pink skin.

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some photos and history on Kentucky Derby Hats

some photos and history on Kentucky Derby Hats

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