the king of wools

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在巴基斯坦,沙圖什披肩是一種身份的象徵,也是傳統的結婚禮物。沙圖什披肩非常精細,不僅被稱為”羊絨之王”,更細緻到可穿過一隻戒子。這些披肩的毛是取自瀕臨滅絕的藏羚羊而製成。為了一件披肩,3-5隻藏羚羊會被殺害。藏羚羊的繁殖速度緩慢,再加上非法捕獵令其數量在過去二十年下降多於百份之五十。即使出售這些披肩會違法,但也無阻當地人在市場裡買賣。

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.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jan/17/shahtoosh-shawl-rate-tibetan-antelope-kashmir

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