Astrakhan is the tightly curled fleece of the Karakul lambs. It is named after its place of origin in Russia. It is a relatively course fibre and is used for outer garments, carpets and for felting. It is usually black or grey in colour and is a fur fabric. Astrakhan is also the name given to any acrylic or wool fabrics manufactured to resemble Astrakhan fur. These alternatives are made with a curly looped pile and are very warm and durable.

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Written by Kelly Mitchell

Kelly Mitchell, extremely competent and reliable, she is currently in her third year at the University of Lincoln UK, studying Fashion. Kelly is responsible for the Fabrics, Fibers and Leathers sections of our Dictionary

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