Astrakhan is the skin of the KaraKul lamb, which is originally from Russia. The astrakhan fabric was widely used in the making of cuffs, collars and hats until the 19th century. In the 20th century, the term astrakhan started being used for both lambskin and new synthetic fabrics that mimic that skin. Currently, the astrakhan fabric […]

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Ashley, Laura

Laura Ashley was a Welsh stylist who was born in 1925 and died in 1985, she started her company from scratch with her husband Bernard Ashley. Bernard and Laura met when she still worked as a secretary and he as a stockbroker. They got married in 1949 and soon had two of their four children. […]

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The bagheera is a type of fine, soft and fuzzy velvet that does not wrinkle easily, is resistant, durable and has a great fit. It was widely used in the manufacturing of evening gowns, skirts and glamorous and luxurious robes. It was also used in headgear and served as a substitute for fur in jackets […]

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