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Downy shawls from Orenburg are world-famous, loved by many and extremely in demand. Russian women of all ages understand how valuable this item is and how appropriate it is for any woman's wardrobe.

THE REASONS WHY ORENBURG SCARVES & SHAWLS ARE SO POPULAR

The popularity of knitted shawls made from natural downy yarn is due to several factors. Of course, the main thing is the shawls' ability to protect its owner against severe frosts (in the Orenburg region, the winter temperature is often as low as - 40 °C).

To be used in winter, the scarves are knitted to be voluminous, their middle part dense. The edges of the item are decorated with an a-jour border pattern. By the way, this is the second factor of the Orenburg masterpieces' popularity – their unique beauty and sophistication. Patterns located along the perimeter are of particular interest in a winter version of a scarf, while a lighter (summer or off-season) version has unique patterns distributed throughout the entire surface.

The third positive factor is the extraordinary delicacy. It is so nice to muffle oneself up into a warm and soft scarf when it is brisk outside! This shawl, unlike other wool or linen items, would never cause discomfort or be the reason for skin irritation (even in the case of most sensitive or baby skin).

Down hair is able to "breathe." Paradoxically enough, but a warm downy scarf will never get you sweating! Women appreciate this exceptional quality. It is important to feel fresh when taking heavy winter clothes off. Fur hats simply cannot compete with downy shawls. When hair is styled, a hat will ruin the shape - but a downy scarf won't. That's the fourth great factor.

Do not forget about the healing properties of the down hair produced by Orenburg goats. It makes any cold go away faster, and relieves pain in the joints and spine.

To cut a long story short, downy shawls are truly multifunctional, that's why women will never give them up!

A BIT OF HISTORY

Farmers have long been able to use the warm down hair supplied by Orenburg goats. It was used as a thin spacer between the layers of fabric that was later quilted to make the thin hairs stay in place. Visitors of the Orenburg region were amazed at the locals' ability to endure severe frosts and winds while wearing seemingly thin clothes. They couldn't even imagine that, living in such harsh climate, the locals could protect themselves from the cold with the help of lightweight goat down hair. Traditions and habits demanded that a thick fur coat had to be worn. But those downy items were a true miracle!

Down-knitting started to develop actively in the Orenburg region after it got populated by the Cossacks. The Cossack women were known for their habit of knitting, but they hadn't dealt with such fine material before. Downy yarn was so soft yet strong and beautiful that one wanted to create only beautiful things from it. Thus, new designs and patterns were born, inspired by nature itself: leaves, flowers, snowflakes…

The shawls that the knitters usually made for themselves were warm and not festive. But the items to be sold were of extraordinary beauty. The more interesting a scarf was in terms of its pattern and color purity, the more expensive it would be.

A-jour scarves and shawls were bought by rich people; even noblewomen at the Royal Russian Court wore them. Downy shawls from Orenburg were also highly valued abroad, especially in the countries where fashion dictated that ladies bare their shoulders. Light downy shawls brought from the Orenburg region made it possible to wear fashionable dresses and not to shiver because of cold.

The knitters from the Southern Urals made their unique creations popular more than two hundred years ago. Since those times, down-knitting has been flourishing. Today, downy items are made not only by hand. A factory for processing raw materials obtained from cloven-hoofed animals was founded.

ANYTHING YOU MIGHT WISH FOR - LOOK AND CHOOSE!

The Internet has brought buyers closer to sellers and manufacturers. Today, the need to visit specific brand stores is no longer acute. Online shopping is rapidly gaining momentum.

Our online store specializes in the sale of knitted downy products. Take a look at the sections of our webpage. Having taken this fascinating virtual tour you won't be able to "leave the store" without a purchase.

We offer dozens of kinds of Orenburg shawls. Some of them are "practical and sturdy" - thick and dense shawls will make you feel warm even in most severe and frosty weather. Others are thinner yet more elegant - they will be indispensable in the off-season.

Here you will find crisp-white, unpainted brown, gray and beige scarves. There are also shawls of other colors, multicolored items included. There is no need to worry about the quality of the dyes. They are specially selected for down hair yarns. The color is so resistant that it will not change after repeated washing and prolonged wear of a shawl.

The cost of our products depends on:

  • the size of a shawl,
  • the item color,
  • the design/pattern complexity,
  • the production technology.

Hand-made items are always more expensive than those manufactured by machines. The down hair content of both hand- and machine-made items is roughly the same. Machine patterns are repeated, and you can find a similar accessory worn by a colleague or a neighbor. Hand-made items are always unique, and it is simply impossible to find another shawl that would be identical to the one you bought. Besides, machine-made products are slightly rougher than hand-made ones, and their "full bloom" - the time when the down hair gets fluffy and covers a shawl like a cloud - comes later.

PROPER CARE WILL PROLONG SHAWL'S LIFE

Downy shawls are very hardwearing. They could be worn throughout decades. However, improper care can turn a top-quality item into a strange-looking thing already after the first wash.

Modern washing machines are equipped with a gentle wash regime. But do not assume that a machine is able to carefully preserve a gentle down hair item. Shawls have to be washed only by hand!

So what is the procedure?

Pour warm water into a tub, add a little shampoo, place your shawl into the solution, and leave it for a few minutes. Wash the shawl by moving it lightly in the water (avoid any friction or stretching), then remove the water by pressing the item lightly. Rinse the item in warm water several times. Do not squeeze the shawl, just press out most of the water. Place the shawl onto a terry towel and spread it evenly; let the rest of the water soak into the towel.

Change the towel (or sheet) as it gets wet. Never let downy items dry in the sun, on a radiator or by the open flame.

At the time when the item is not used, it should be stored wrapped in cotton fabric. The shawl should not be squeezed or pressed by other things. It is enough to shake the "rested" item - its fluff will stand up, and the downy shawl will be ready to warm and adorn its owner again.

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