Shahtush

Shahtush shawl, being passed through a ring. Shahtush shawl, being passed through a ring.

Shahtush is a type of fibre, and the name of the fabric woven from it, that derives from the down hair of the Tibetan antelope (chiru; Pantholops hodgsonii). This animal is now nearly extinct, and hence the collection and processing of shahtush is forbidden in many countries, although the wool's use is known to continue in isolated parts of Kashmir and neighbouring lands.

Shahtush is regarded the world's finest fibre, more delicate than pashmina. Shahtush shawls are proverbially so fine that they can pass through a wedding ring.

See also the entry on the cashmere fibres.

Digital source (retrieved 22 January 2017).

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 22 January 2017).

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