Years ago, the fear of avian flu virtually froze the transport of bird feathers across international boundaries. Yet times do change — with the fashion. Susie Mesure reports in this morning’s Independent that that British salon owners have discovered the value of a few long hackle feathers.
“‘Nick Powell, of Troutcatchers in Northamptonshire, said he had turned down orders worth £4,000 from California in the past week. ‘Hairdressers are searching the entire world for these feathers,” he said. “I’ve never known a phenomenon like this.'”