Swakara pelts on auction next week

08 Apr 2016 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 08 APR (NAMPA) – A consignment of 56 138 Swakara pelts with an estimated value of N.dollars 24 million will go under the hammer at the Copenhagen Fur international pelt auction next week.
The international ceremony is slated for 15 April 2016, according to a media statement issued by Agra Namibia last week.
Agra’s Swakara Specialist, who represented the sought-after fur at the Hong Kong International Fashion and Fur Fair from 25 to 28 February 2016, Jaco van Zyl was quoted as saying that Swakara pelts, often referred to as 'Namibia’s black diamonds' continue to attract international fur lovers with its silky, elegant and appealing look.
“Despite the 12 per cent drop in attendance compared to last year, Swakara attracted many fur lovers, especially the Chinese and Koreans.
Swakara was also prominently displayed at the Hong Kong gala evening and fashion show,” he noted.
About 140 garments were presented by models on the catwalk, of which 30 garments had the Swakara brand name integrated as part of their design.
Van Zyl, who was accompanied by a Swakara Board member, Paulus Apollus stated that the Hong Kong International Fashion and Fur Fair is renowned as the largest and most important fur trade event in the world.
“Swakara had a good exhibition at the fair with its stunning booth drawing visitors to introduce them to the perfect fur for high-end fashion. Various buyers and manufacturers visited our booth and their general opinion was that Swakara is still high in demand, and holds a promise for the future,” said Apollus.
Swakara pelts are sold exclusively at Copenhagen Fur’s April and September auctions. Agra facilitated two international pelt auctions last year.
The auctions brought together a total of 115 918 pelts under the hammer at Copenhagen Fur in Denmark.
At the April 2015 auction, a total of 60 910 Swakara pelts were offered, of which 56 693 were sold at an average price of N.dollars 461.23.
This represented a 93 per cent sale of the total offer.
At the September 2015 auction, also in Copenhagen, all 59 225 pelts on offer were sold.
They achieved an average price of N.dollars 428.58, which is a decrease of 7,08 per cent on the N.dollars 461.23 price at the April 2015 auction.
Swakara is a high quality eco-fur, highly regarded as a long-term investment in terms of style and durability.
Swakara is a robust sheep breed, able to thrive despite the dry desert conditions in the southern parts of Namibia. In some parts of the country, the conditions are so harsh that no other livestock or crop can be cultivated.
“In that sense, Swakara is the golden story of Namibia engaging large parts of the rural communities, providing both employment and food,” Van Zyl added.