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New Style Week Day 3: The Raven

We're flying head first into New Style Week Day 3 with a very spooky bird, the Raven!

Both eerie and elegant, the Raven is one creature that has found its way into all sorts of popular media, as both prophet and sign of omen. Some know it best from Edgar Allan Poe's poem The Raven, others have heard of its mythology. However, despite its many depictions, the Raven still remains a mysterious piece, which would also explain its allure.

The Common Raven
(image: wikipedia.org)

In addition to all of this, Ravens are often confused with crows, and with good reason – at first glance, they seem entirely alike. However, there are a few key differences that will help you tell the two apart.  

  • Ravens are much larger than crows, about the size of a Red-tailed Hawk.
  • Ravens usually travel in pairs, while crows travel in larger groups.
  • Crows caw, while Ravens croak
  • Up close, Raven's beaks are more curved than that of crows
  • Ravens are some of the smartest animals!
  • Captive Ravens can learn to talk like humans, and learn to mimic other noises
  • Ravens are very playful, and have been observed using snow-covered roofs as slides. They even make toys for themselves, which is a rave animal behavior!
  • Ravens show empathy for each other
  • North American Ravens include the common raven and the chihuahuan raven (the latter being restricted to South-Western US and Mexico)

Think the Raven is for you? Cloak yourself in darkness, and become one with the Raven Kigurumi!

Sources: http://mentalfloss.com/article/53295/10-fascinating-facts-about-ravens,https://www.audubon.org/news/how-tell-raven-crowhttps://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/raven/

 

Kigurumi.com is an distributor of authentic SAZAC kigurumi. SAZAC is Japan's number one kigurumi manufacturer, and the quality of SAZAC onesies is unmatched around the world. Unfortunately, this means that many other manufacturers will try (and fail!) to mimic SAZAC products. It doesn't take much to notice a major difference in quality between authentic kigurumi and imitators' attempts.

Fake. vs. Real: Stitch Kigurumi

For starters, imitation kigurumi are generally made of much thinner fabric--sometimes crushed velvet, which deteriorates much more quickly than fleece, cotton, and poly--and are poorly stitched together. Fakes tend to have wonky-looking faces: crossed eyes, asymmetrical features, and visible stitch defects. Colours won't be nearly as vivid, lining is often missing altogether, and features such as sleeves, tails, ears, wings, etc., will be overall much more floppy and downright sad-looking.