Karakula

Karakula (Astrakhan) Sheepskin: the Choice of Royalty

Karakula(Astrakhan) sheepskin is tightly curled fleece with the looped surface of the karakul lamb, which is found mainly in the high mountains of Central Asia where the weather is severe. The sheepskin is extraordinarily warm and unique.

Astrakhan comes in a range of natural colors from the more rare pale golden yellows to greys to the most common black. All are desirable although grey is our favorite.  Karakul sheepskin is far more expensive than other sheepskins.

Astrakhan is known as broadtail, Persian lamb, Karkul lamb, karakulcha, agnello di Persia (the stylish Italian name), garaköli bagana (in Central Asia).  There is no standard name. Karakul is extremely rare in North America.

The use of Astrakhan dates back centuries in Central Asia, where it was used in traditional garments. Karakul hats (which Altaika carries) are exceptionally warm.

Astrakhan has usually only been available for people with status or means. The sheepskin has been historically reserved for royalty, aristocratic women or senior military officers and warriors. It can now be used by anyone outdoors in fall or winter – especially when temperature are near or below freezing. Astrakhan has been used at the coronation ceremonies of kings and queens and doned by a First Lady of the United States.

Altaika Men’s Sizing chart (Centimeters)
XS S M L XL 2XL 3XL
Chest 77 – 82 87 – 92 97 – 102 107 – 112 117 – 122 127 – 132 137 – 142
Waist 67 – 72 77 – 82 87 – 92 97 – 102 107 – 112 117 – 122 137 – 132
Hips 77 – 82 87 – 92 97 – 102 107 – 112 117 – 122 127 – 132 137 – 142
Altaika Men’s Sizing chart (Inches)
XS S M L XL 2XL 3XL
Chest 30.3 – 32.3 34.3 – 36.2 38.2 – 40.2 42.1 – 44.1 46.1 – 48.0 50.0 – 52.0 53.9 – 55.9
Waist 26.4 – 28.3 30.3 – 32.3 34.3 – 36.2 38.2 – 40.2 42.1 – 44.1 46.1 – 48.0 50.0 – 52.0
Hips 30.3 – 32.3 34.3 – 36.2 38.2 – 40.2 42.1 – 44.1 46.1 – 48.0 50.0 – 52.0 53.9 – 55.9
Altaika Women’s Sizing chart (Centimeters)
XS S M L XL 2XL
Chest 81 – 84 86 – 89 91 – 94 97 – 102 104 – 109 112 – 119
Waist 63 – 66 68 – 71 73 – 76 79 – 84 86 – 91 94 – 101
Hips 88 – 90 93 – 95 98 – 100 104 – 108 111 – 115 119 – 125
Altaika Women’s Sizing chart (Inches)
XS S M L XL 2XL
Chest 31.9 – 33.1 33.9 – 35.0 35.8 – 37.0 38.2 – 40.2 40.9 – 42.9 44.1 – 46.9
Waist 24.8 – 26.0 26.8 – 28.0 28.7 – 29.9 31.1 – 33.1 33.9 – 35.8 37.0 – 39.8
Hips 34.6 – 35.4 36.6 – 37.4 38.6 – 39.4 40.9 – 42.5 43.7 – 45.3 46.9 – 49.2
Altaika Boys’ and Girls’ Sizing Chart (Centimeters)
S M l
Age 3-4 5-6 7-8
Chest, cm 56-58 61-64 66-69
Waist, cm 52-53 55-56 58-60
Hips, cm 59-61 64-66 69-71
Height, cm 97-104 112-119 127-132
Altaika Boys’ and Girls’ Sizing Chart (Inches)
S M l
Age 3-4 5-6 7-8
Chest, in 22,1- 22,8 24,0- 25,2 25,9- 27,2
Waist, in 20,5- 20,9 21,7- 22,1 22,8- 23,6
Hips, in 23,2- 24,0 25,2- 25,9 27,2- 27,9
Height, in 38,2- 40,9 44,1- 46,9 50,0- 51,9

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