The Friday photo – A shop of Russian winter fur hats

To finish every week travel-inspired, I tell you every Friday about one of the photos of my blog’s header.


This week, I’ve selected a photo taken in October 2010 in Russia. It shows a close-up on the offer of furred hats on a market in Irkutsk, in Siberia.

Winter is harsh in Siberia, with temperatures that can drop far below zero. Many people wear animal fur to protect themselves from the freezing cold.

Some are aware of the critics against using animal fur for fashion; but there is a saying in Siberia that goes: “Those who are against using animal fur should try and spend a winter in Siberia”.

I love this photo because only in Russia can you see people walking on the street with such hats that are both very warm and also elegant. Spend a cold day people-watching in Moscow’s metro to understand what I mean – and explore my blog to read more about fashion by minus 25 in Russia.

Interested in more Siberia stories? Click on my Siberia tag, read why Siberia is amongst my top travel destinations, find out why it’s the perfect place to roll yourself naked in the snow, or discover what it is like to fish omul deep in the icy waters of Lake Baikal!



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