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Orenburg Shawls: A Tradition that Never Goes Out of Style

Written by Vadim on April 13, 2011 – 7:32 pm -

Woman holding up black lace knit Orenburg shawl

The Orenburg shawl is one of the icons of Russia, a truly Russian item that can only be made properly by trained Russian artisans according to age-old secrets. Finely knit from the fur of an indigenous goat that is similar to cashmere or angora, the Orenburg shawl offers unbelievable warmth for icy Russian winters but is thin and durable enough to be pulled through a wedding ring. For this reason, they are often known as wedding ring shawls.

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