“I look at the opportunity to work with fur as a tribute to the animal it came from,” says Holsman. “This is why I only ever work with ethically-sourced fur, usually gently combed from the animal or collected after grooming.”
The snuggle bunny cushion is part of a range of specialist weavings Holsman creates for fellow animal lovers, which include the collected shed fur from rare and unusual animals from all over the world. Many of these beautiful creatures have been rescued and are protected in rescue shelters, where the sale of their naturally disgarded fur helps keep the shelters running and saving other endangered animals.
“I know that the purchase of shed or combed fur that would normally be thrown away is helping save other animals,” Holsman says. “It is difficult to weave animal fur but so worthwhile to create the pieces I do as I get to remind others how incredible these creatures are by creating one-of-a-kind creations for humans to enjoy.”
While Holsman is especially fond of rabbit-weaves – she owns and adores two of her own – she also finds it a “great privilege” to work with ethically-sourced furs from exotic creatures such as Vampire Deer from Nepal, Soay Sheep from Scotland, Himalayan Marmot, Guanaco camels from South America and the softest forest foraged possum fur from Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges.
She can also create one-off cushions using a client’s collected pet fur – a comforting keepsake for its devoted owner.
“Every piece I weave is a labour of love,” Holsman explains.”Depending on the animal’s fur, it can take a day to spin enough for a cushion, for example, as it must be blended with another fur such as cashmere and Angora. Once I have the yarn, it can take up to 15 hours to weave.”
Holsman says her bunny pillows have become best sellers as “they are like soft clouds you can hug – and they look wonderful and luxurious too. “
For more information regarding Dalia’s unique weavings www.loveofweaving.com.au