From the 16th century to the early the 19th century, beaver fur was in very high demand for making felt hats. Trapping was so intense that beaver populations eventually collapsed. The process of making a felt hat took around 7 hours of work and involved some 30 different steps. First the guard hairs were removed, leaving only the dense undercoat, made up of fine, silky hairs which could be felted.
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