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Gray Hand Made Woolen Russian Shawl

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Orenburg down shawls are the landmarks of the Orenburg region and the symbols of Russia. In the English-speaking world they are often called "wedding ring shawls", because, although the shawls are quite large, a shawl knit in the traditional fashion can be pulled through a wedding ring because the knitting is so fine.

According to a legend the first Russian migrants who arrived in the Urals about 300 years ago were astonished with the light warm clothes of the local Kalmyk and Kazakh people that helped them to stand severe winters in the boundless steppes. The secret was that they used special backing under their light clothes — it was a shawl without any pattern sewed from the goat fur hair.

Real glory to the Orenburg downy shawl arrived in the XIX century when rural needle women began to work with different patterns and turned this craft into a real art. Some pieces of work obtained international rewards and the overseas merchants arrived to the distant Russian province for the down of famous goats. Foreign companies attempted to fix production in Europe and even South America. The goats were taken away for thousands of kilometers, but it occurred to be that 2—3 years after the migration goats lost their best properties. Only frosty Ural climate was good for the Orenburg goats.

After despairing to secure Orenburg goats, the foreigners started to buy down from Orenburg.

COLOUR: cool light metalic iridiscent gray

MEASUREMENTS: 175cm X 75cm
Weight: 85 gr

The shawl should be washed in warm water not more than 35-40C. Please use soft washing agent.It is allowed to use bleachers for wool (for white shawls only!).After washing and bleaching, please, rinse the shawl in warm (but not hot) water with addition of some vinegar (1tl spoon for 5 litters of water). Squeeze out the shawl in dry cotton fabric and do not wring it out.
It is not recomanded to iron shawls. The shawl can be dry-cleaned. And the last thing - when you keep the shawl in your wardrobe, please, assume the measures to protect the shawl from moth. Don't forget: they are 100% naturale goat wool.

Gray Hand Made Woolen Russian Shawl