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Characteristics

These shawls were originally very few and could only be woven by master artisans to weave the delicate hair which measured between 7 and 10 microns. These factors made shahtoosh shawls very precious. Shahtoosh shawls are so fine that a large shawl can be passed through a wedding ring, leading to them also being known as "ring shawls".

Source of the fibre

The Tibetan antelope or Chiru lives in one of the harshest environments on earth, at an altitude of over 5,000 metres. Their special type of down fur, which is both very light and warm, allows them to survive in the freezing conditions of the plateau where they gather at one point of the year. They are migratory animals, moving down from Mongolia to Tibet, and traditionally followed closely by the nomads who also make that journey every year. The nomads would hunt the antelope for hide, meat, bones, horns and fur pelts.

Types of Shahtoosh shawls

Source of the fibre

The Tibetan antelope or Chiru lives in one of the harshest environments on earth, at an altitude of over 5,000 metres. Their special type of down fur, which is both very light and warm, allows them to survive in the freezing conditions of the plateau where they gather at one point of the year. They are migratory animals, moving down from Mongolia to Tibet, and traditionally followed closely by the nomads who also make that journey every year. The nomads would hunt the antelope for hide, meat, bones, horns and fur pelts.

Types of Shahtoosh shawls

The type of Shahtoosh is determined by the quantum of Toosh or Tibetan Antelope down in the fabric. The measurement system used for determining it is called Dani in Kashmiri, with 1 Dani equal to 1/16 in terms of fibre composition. The typical types of Toosh are:

  1. Shurah Dani or 16 Dani: a 100% Toosh Shawl,
  2. Bah Dani<

    The Tibetan antelope or Chiru lives in one of the harshest environments on earth, at an altitude of over 5,000 metres. Their special type of down fur, which is both very light and warm, allows them to survive in the freezing conditions of the plateau where they gather at one point of the year. They are migratory animals, moving down from Mongolia to Tibet, and traditionally followed closely by the nomads who also make that journey every year. The nomads would hunt the antelope for hide, meat, bones, horns and fur pelts.

    Types of Shahtoosh shawls