What represents a feather and as it was used?
Feather - horned skin educations at birds. Serves as the protecting cover of a body and for flight.
Distinguish 3 sorts of a feather: volosovidny, down and planimetric. The last are also considered as the real feathers. They consist of a core and a fan. A feather core out of a fan — hollow with a small amount of friable fabric; in the field of a fan — dense. The fan consists of side branches with the small side branches seated by small hooks; thanks to their coupling the fan is a dense plate, and covers are so dense that do not make the way at some birds even a buckshot. Feathers are distributed on certain parts of the body, free intervals either remain naked or are covered with volosovidny feathers. The modified feather with a soft core and a friable fan which branches are not linked among themselves is called down.
Feathers served as favourite decoration of most of the primitive people. Drawing attention with the form and coloring, the feather willingly was chosen as ornament, external social difference, and had also cult value. At the people cultural the value of pen-type jewelry falls, nevertheless in Yuzh. Africa, France and other places held the whole herds of ostriches which feathers served for jewelry of bourgeois ladies. In many states of the West there is a strengthened fight against destruction of birds for jewelry. For practical purposes the feather in use of many people was used on plumage of arrows, and in the European cultural use — on stuffing of pillows, etc. Perot's
and down were used, mainly, for tamping of pillows, feather-beds, sometimes (especially eider down) also as laying in a winter overcoat instead of cotton wool. The best of widespread in Europe down down of an eider and goose is considered.