Orenburg Down Shawls
Orenburg down shawls are unique in their knitting. Women of south and east districts of Orenburg region have been making them since the 18th century. Climate conditions provided for breeding of an exclusive breed of goats there with light, warm, silky, long fibrous kind of down, which cannot be found anywhere else. Production of shawls is divided into two stages: a very labor-intensive treatment of down first followed by knitting that demands professional mastery.