Fashionable goats from South Asia

Des Moines, Iowa | 169 Sales


Fashionable goats from South Asia

Des Moines, Iowa 169 Sales On Etsy since 2017

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People put clothes on their goats to keep them warm in India and Bangladesh. This project is dedicated to these fashion-forward, sweater-wearing livestock.

Des Moines native Christy Sommers distinctly remembers seeing her first clothed goat in rural Bangladesh in 2010 while undertaking education research as part of a Fulbright fellowship. In extensive further travels, she noticed that goats dressed in human clothing appear to occur only in lowland areas that are quite hot in the summer months but which cool down in the winter, predominantly in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and West Bengal as well as throughout Bangladesh. In interviews with goat owners, they have all said that they clothe their goats because the animals otherwise get cold. Christy appreciates this phenomenon as a unique commentary on the loving people who care deeply about the goats that comprise an important part of their livelihoods.

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  • Christy Sommers

    Owner, Photographer, Curator

    I work in India for a company that runs cultural immersion programs for high school and college students...and I take photos of stylish goats on the side! Besides livestock fashion photography, I love drinking tea and speaking 7 languages.

  • Lauren Sommers

    Marketer, Shipper

    Lauren is a multi-faceted badass who demonstrates a well of generosity, kindness, and excitement for everyone she meets. She has extraordinary baking skills, is a mom to two dogs, and she enjoys murder mystery podcasts. She ships lightning fast!

Production partners

  • Modern Postcard

    Carlsbad, CA

    Modern Postcard is a print house that prints my calendars after I supply them with the design.

  • Universal Printing Services

    Des Moines, IA

    Universal Printing has printed the second reprint of my calendars!

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Last updated on Dec 16, 2017
Frequently asked questions
How do you put a sweater on a goat?

I did it for the first time in June 2017, in celebration of my dear sister's wedding! My dad's 5 goats were quite cooperative, so it wasn't as difficult as I thought it might be. Please note that I did not put sweaters on the goats in the calendar. I just found them pre-sweatered.

Do you print these calendars in India or in the US?

The goats are 100% Indian, the calendars are 100% American, printed in California and shipped from my mom's house in central Iowa.