A Kolinsky I think, is a Russian mammal, but what is it related to? I know they use its tail for art and cosmetic brushes, but I can't find much on the animal itself. Any mammal experts out there to enlighten me?
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...That Kolinski brushes are made from the tail of a squirrel. I seem to recall reading that in one of my art supply catalogs.
The name "kolinsky," however, is currently used to denote the hair acquired from the Asian mink, Mustela siberica. They use the tail hair.
The pelts are used to make 'plucked weasel' and 'weasel' type plates to make inexpensive fur garments.
They are currently consumed as a fur product in Russia and Asia mostly.
They are called "chinese mink" by some.
The tail hair is a by-product of the fur harvest.
The hair is a little silkier and more coarse then a regular wild mink.
The size of the critter is smaller then a wild mink in the USA. More like a big ermine.
Cause, I coulda swore that is what the Ukrainians call a "wedgie'.
I knew I wouldn't have to look "Fur" for an answer
We have had enough trouble with that flat tailed rodent.
Kolinsky= "a polish Colon".