Also known as Astrakhan, it’s a fur from the Russian Karakul lamb.
It was widely used for cuffs, collars and hats until the 19th century. In the 20th century, a fabric that mimics the fur was created, with the same name as Astrakhan.
Above, in the cover image, we see the Karakul lamb and below, examples of the use of its fur, the astrakhan.
Above, in the cover image, we see the caracul lamb (karakul) and below, examples of the use of its skin, the astrakhan.
Bibliography: Allan, Georgina O’Hara; Enciclopédia da Moda: De 1840 À Década de 90: Companhia das Letras, 2010.