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Old 02-17-2017, 05:25 AM   #1
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Default Horsehair sporran care

So we've received some new horsehair sporrans as part of our band kit. While I really like them, I am looking for some advice on the upkeep. It seems that after speaking to others in the band I am not alone. These things shed like crazy! My biggest issue is how wavy and frizzy this thing is when I get it out to use it. Havent had much luck brushing it as it pulls a lot of the hairs out. Anyone have any tricks on care and storage of these things?
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Old 02-17-2017, 06:06 AM   #2
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Do a search here. Some of these issues have been discussed on earlier threads.
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Old 02-17-2017, 08:27 AM   #3
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Default Re: Horsehair sporran care

I didn't do the forum search but I learned through our band the importance of

1) wearing a quality sporran (we have L&Ms),

2) using kid's hair detangler and the apppropriate brush (pump dispenser, your choice of tutti fruiti or bubble gum), and

3) proper storage (either hanging or laid flat). With our newest lot of L&Ms came a nifty fleece sleeve for keeping the hair and tassle hair in order, particularly while travelling.

Hope that helps.
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Old 02-17-2017, 09:25 AM   #4
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A good horsehair sporran should not be shedding!

Anyway, good suggestions above. In addition, there's a product I've used on actual horses' tails and manes, called Show Sheen. And then a light brushing.
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Old 02-17-2017, 12:08 PM   #5
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Andrew Lenz has an article on how to take of these critters - see his BagpipeJourney site.
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Old 02-17-2017, 02:32 PM   #6
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Andrew Lenz has an article on how to take of these critters - see his BagpipeJourney site.
a good moderately snug 'sleeve' of sturdy muslin,canvas or even brown paper bag reinforced with duct tape is a good carry bag for a hair sporran. Even the fake hair ones . Such inverted bag with an appropriate hole at the 'top' to pass the chain thru and Bob's your uncle. Brushing softly and with maybe a bit of horse or lanolin dressing is a plus.
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Old 02-17-2017, 02:55 PM   #7
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A good horsehair sporran should not be shedding!

Anyway, good suggestions above. In addition, there's a product I've used on actual horses' tails and manes, called Show Sheen. And then a light brushing.
I have 3 hair sporrans-all dating around 1910 and earlier. These have been well cared for with no issues of loose/shedding. I store them flat with no issues of 'wavy' hair.

I had an inexpensive one from the 1980s that I could not get to hang without undulating waves.i eventually sold that one. I also had a 1905-dated Black Watch officers sporran...this one had lots of insect damage and brittle hair...just looking at that one made the hairs fall off.
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Old 02-17-2017, 08:31 PM   #8
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Greetings to All,

I... too... am suddenly curious... about... the "shedding"...

In all of this great long time... and I have had... and have
been issued... more than several... and I have yet to have
this difficulty. (??)

Any out there... with any possible explanation??

Regards to All,

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Old 02-18-2017, 10:33 AM   #9
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Are the hairs breaking away...or is the stitching coming apart?

Hairs breaking apart be the end result of poor bleaching processes that might have been used to prepare the hair for the sporran. Over time, residual oxidation chemicals will continue to destroy the matrix of the hair. If that's what is occurring, there may be no resort.
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Old 02-18-2017, 11:26 AM   #10
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Out of curiosity, are there any horse-hair sporrans (cheaper ones perhaps) that are made from synthetic hair (like those found in some human wigs)?
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