Oh, Goat! You are on the pedestal!
No other breed of goats can compete with the Khopyor one: 600--700 grams of down may be scratched off from one goat, some individuals give up to 2 kilograms. Only the Orenburg goats dare to compete in the fineness of down.
Somewhen the biologists decided to interbreed these two goat races to obtain better down. Before the War about 700 animals were sent to the Orenburg steppes, but the genes of the host breed have gotten those of the guest one under. The experiment has produced nothing: nature stands on guard of its treasures.
At the beginning of the XIX century the French businessman Jouber sent a thousand and a half goats to Marseilles. Only 400 of them sailed there in safety. Despite a good care of them, soon they turned into common coarse goats. England and Latin America, the distant Australia have tried to host our goats - the latters persist in their acclimatization in unusual climates. So, the goat for the Khopyor region is a true gold-mine. They are valued not only due to their down. Goat meat and milk are valuable food products. For example, goat milk treats cholecystitis and even ulcerous disease, creatures from goat leather are sound.
However, shawls are of primary interest. Especially those dove-colored (warm grey) and bluish with long down which curls in rings. A true beauty!
But knitting shawls is hard labor, rather monotonous. Arm rheumatism is a professional illness of knitters - an average cossack-woman knits up to forty shawls per year, or about a hundred with the aid of a knitting-machine. To ennoble a shawl, knitting cossack-women degrease it in a dry-cleaner's, fluff it up on a special device - a work of art appears...
Foreigners value these shawls. Somewhen a delegation of the Khopyor cossacks and cossack-women brought down shawls to an exhibition at the French Embassy in Moscow. One should see it himself how the eyes of the diplomats' wives lit up. They slipped the downy virtues just on their evening dresses and showed a burning desire to buy these Khopyor unique things.
And it is no mere chance that the famous Russian couturier Slava Zaytsev has acquired a serious interest to the Khopyor shawls as well as the down. He has ordered a lot of mantelets and some woman's trouser-suits, having sent patterns for them. A firm "Uzory"" ("Traceries") has been established to produce such suits.
I have happened to see these "peerless works of modelling art" as some people call them while others turn them down. It is really unusually. On the Town Day on the central square were demonstrated creatures of the down of the goat whose statue had raised to a pedestal.
Now you can order exclusive manual-work products from curative down of Khopyorian goats! МThe craftswomen from the Mikhaylovskaya stanitsa will knit shawls, tippets, semishawls, 3-cornered scarfs, scarfs, Russian mittens, plaids and much more exclusively for you!
Select and order any product ! The prices are quite good for everyone!