A friend, recently back from Russia, brought this stunning traditional shawl for me. The shawl was hand crafted near Moscow, using traditional materials and methods. The yarn is spun from the fleece of goats, and is most commonly knit in only it's natural colours of white and grey. Said to be as warm as a fur coat, they are very highly prized in their home country where winters can be very harsh. Similar in texture to a mohair/cashmere mix, the shawl is lightweight and feels luxuriously soft and silky. Having only limited experience knitting laces, I can still appreciate the complexity of this hand crafted design. This highly prized, heirloom quality gift will be worn with great care and valued for generations.