What is Shahtoosh wool ?
We are often asked whether our pure Pashminas are made from Shatoosh wool. If the pure Pashmina is made with the hair of the goatee and neck of the goats of the Himalayas, the Shatoosh or Shahtoosh is produced from the hair of the neck and chest of the Tibetan antelopes "the Chirus".
The Shahtoosh name comes from the Persian Sha-tus, meaning "king's wool" (hair 9 microns).
Sha : meaning King
tus : meaning Wool
The Pashmina name comes from the Persian Pasminah, meaning "warm wool" (hair 14 microns).
Pashm : meaning wool/woollens
inah : meaning warm/heat
Living on the high plateaus of the Himalayas up to an altitude of 4 500 metres, the antelope Chiru has developed a very warm and very soft wool under its belly and neck in order to withstand a very cold climate. This antelope is unfortunately slaughtered for its precious wool because it is impossible to domesticate it and mow it.
If at the end of the 20th century there were no less than 2 millions antelopes Chiru, the slaughter of this animal brought this figure down to only 75,000 heads. Attempts have been made to domesticate them, but to not avail. To save the species from extinction, the trade of Shatoosh was banned in 1979 by the Internal Convention for the Conservation of Endangered Species, just like the elephant, tiger or rhinoceros.
t is still possible today to find Shatoosh. It is not surprising considering the call for gain. Indeed the price of a real Shatoosh shawl would vary between 3 000 and 12 000 euros depending on the weight, which explains an annual poaching of 20 000 antelopes.
If you are looking for an authentic Shatoosh (minimum 3 000 euros) you will not find one near you, nor certainly not on the internet.
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The products closest to a Shatoosh are our true pure Pashminas → 100% Pashmina
or our real hand embroidered Pashmina shawls → Embroidered Pashmina