the king of wools



in Pakistan, having a shahtoosh shawl is a status symbol among the rich and is a traditional wedding gift. they are so fine they are called “king of wools” and could be passed through a ring. these shawls are made from the fine under fur of the endangered Tibetan antelope. in order to take these fine fur, 3 -5  antelopes were killed for every shawl. Tibetan antelope is a slow-breeding species and its population has declined by more than 50% in the past 20 years. even though it is illegal to sell these shawls, it doesn’t stop the local trading in their markets.

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