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2. November 2010 08:25
by Jobo
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2. November 2010 08:25 by Jobo | 2 Comments

A reply to Kim... who was asking

October 26. 2010 15:44  "What is a Orenburg Lace shawl, Jolene?  Why so coveted?"

Orenburg lace is one of the craziest and most beautiful lace styles I've ever seen... These shawls are made from very very finely spun goat down and silk on tiny little spindles.  The goat down is specific to the Orenburg Region in Russia, where the climate and elevation is just perfect to prompt the goats to grow a very soft airy down undercoat that is harvested by hand at a specific time of year.  The lace is then knit on tiny (2 mm long needles) WITHOUT a pattern, featuring motifs full of history and significance.  Young girls would learn to work each motif without following a pattern, they just "know" where to put the holes to make the design work.  The designs are geometric and romantic all at the same time, with picoted edgings that are knit at the same time as the center panel, or the stitches are picked up and knit on...  The finished shawls are huge, but so fine and light that they can be pulled through a wedding ring.  The one at the conference was pewter colored, and as gossamer as a spider's web.  You could see through it like you can see through a light snoflakey frost on the windows in February.  The goat down has a light gently fuzzy shimmery halo, as soft as a butterfly landing on your hand and fluttering it's wings.  The silk in the yarn lends strength, but also the glint and shine of spun metal.

I thought I could appreciate the beauty having only seen photographs... then I saw and touched a real Orenburg shawl.  Unbelievable!  I had already purchased several books on the topic, acquired a russian spindle, and started practicing making superfine laceweight yarn with cashmere and silk... Now I know that I must someday give this a real try. 

Another talented blogger I follow (Rebecca over at Doilies are Stylish) showed some photographs of a similar shawl in her private collection... which can be seen here.  I tried to find Photographs that showed these shawls... but was sadly disappointed by the lack of adequate pictures that show the true art.  Go and See Rebecca's photos... they're great!

Comments (2) -

A blog post....specially made for me?  Ah, shucks, do I feel special!  I should first have corrected my grammar.  Everyone nows it should have been AN orenburg, not A orenburg.  You have painted a magnificent picture and I'll be sure to check out Rebecca's blog. The work sounds extraordinary.  Thanks for the history.

LOL!  I just saw the title of the blog post!  I was so enraptured that it had my name in the body of the post that I didn't see the title.....

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