Manufacturers of shtreimels can be found in New York City, Montreal, Bnei Brak, and Jerusalem.
The shtreimel manufacturers (shtreimel machers) keep their trade a closely guarded secret.
The shtreimel is comparable in construction to fur hats worn by Eastern European and Russian nobility and royalty.
The most widely seen shtreimel is typically worn by the Hasidim of Galicia, Romania, and Hungary, and was worn by Lithuanian Jews up until the 20th century.
It is possible to buy a shtreimel made of synthetic fur, which is more common in Israel.
Usually the bride's father purchases the shtreimel for the groom upon his wedding.
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