These fine artist's brushes, made from the tail hair of a weasel rather than an actual sable, can no longer be exported into the United States. It's important to know that the Kolinsky (mustela siberica) is NOT AN ENDANGERED SPECIES. Although U.S. importers have been using the same forms without issue for years, in late 2012 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service halted and in some cases seized shipments including Kolinsky brushes.
The international Art Materials Association - NAMTA - is leading the U.S. effort to find a solution. To read the recent press release please CLICK HERE.
We understand how frustrating this has been been for all involved and appreciate your patience.