Downy Shawls

Downy shawls – traditional women’s clothing.

This is not quite true. Kalmyks and Kazakhs dressed under light clothes with handkerchiefs made of goat’s down, and so they escaped from severe frosts. It should be noted that at that time the scarves were without patterns (which appeared much later, marking the beginning of a new “female” era of a downy shawl).

Downy Shawls

The best new feather shawl is soft and fluffy.

This is an erroneous opinion. This new Orenburg downy shawl is initially unrestricted, all its best qualities it will manifest in the process of wearing. If the shawl is originally fluffy – most likely, in front of you is not a very high-quality product combed with a comb, which means that very soon all the fluff will come out.

This Orenburg shawl must go through the ring (fit in a goose egg).

Not necessary. After all, scarves are very different in size, and in knitting. If it’s a shawl with brushes, pretty dense mating – it will not pass through the ring, but it can warm it in a strong frost. Through the ring to pass (or in an egg to fit) can only open-work handkerchiefs, appreciated primarily for beauty, and not for the ability to give warmth in any frost.

Only elderly women wear downy kerchiefs.

Indeed, downy shawls are worn mainly by women in mature and old age, especially those in need of warmth and comfort that are able to give their possessor such a thing. But the delicate feathery spider webs and stoles (especially white), emphasizing female beauty, are preferred only by young girls and women.

Downy Shawls

The woolen shawl is knitted from wool.

This is not true. The name itself indicates that the real Orenburg down shawl is made of fluff, not of a bird’s, but of a goat’s (a special undercoat obtained as a result of combing goats), which possesses special properties, thanks to which it is appreciated much higher than ordinary wool.

Downy shawls knit only from the fluff.

Wrong opinion. If the product will consist of fluff for one hundred percent, it will not last long – it quickly “rolls around” and deforms. Therefore, in order to avoid such an effect, the yarn is based on cotton or viscose yarn. But remember that the share of the basis should be small.

Orenburg kerchief – means, it is connected from down of Orenburg goats.

Yes, the best Orenburg shawls are obtained from the fluff of goats that live in the frosty Urals climate – it is their fluff that differs in amazing tenderness. The knick-knackers use the fluff and goats grown in other climatic conditions, but such a handkerchief, although equally beautiful (after all, one more feature of this product – in the knitting itself), still does not possess all the qualities of this Orenburg shawl.

Orenburg down scarves are made only by hand.

This is not true. Many products are made on the basis of the Orenburg down cloth (founded in the beginning of the last century in Orenburg) (the only one in the Orenburg region). But, despite the fact that the machine way of spinning and knitting (sometimes used by some knitters and at home) makes it possible to put quite complex patterns, to make embroideries on shawls, to increase the fineness of stoles and cobwebs, factory work is inferior to high-quality manual work for almost all parameters. After all, this hand-made work includes hand spinning of the fluff, linting down with the base and directly hand knitting (the whole process takes from two to three weeks to a month or more) and is valued higher than the best factory product.

Downy Shawls

All Orenburg downy shawls are made in Orenburg.

This is not quite true. In the whole of the Orenburg region, knitting is involved, and the traditions of this industry in the villages are most developed.

You can buy a high-quality down scarf only in Orenburg.

Mistaken opinion, especially if you chose a station or a central market for the purchase of a handkerchief. There you will really be offered handmade products, but, most often, of poor quality.Therefore, it is best to buy a scarf either in the villages of the region, or in shops selling factory products, or at the exhibition “Orenburg downy shawl.” You can also order a scarf through Orenburg online stores.

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