I read the knitting daily blog about the Orenburg Shawls Kathleen talked about with great interest. My husband and I have travelled to Russia many times and on one trip an elderly lady, whom I had never met, gave me what she called an Orenburg shawl. I am embarrassed to say the gift remained in the bag until I read Kathleen's blog. What I discovered is a gorgeous rectangle shawl that is whisper soft and I can even see some bits of the goat down. At the time it was given to me I was told it was hand knit by the lady and that Orenburg knitting was very special. I have recently become an avid knitter and can now appreciate this treasure.
Oops! I found another one! This one is square and a light brownish tone. The rectangle one is white. I was grateful for the gifts before but now that I am a knitter ... I am doubly grateful.
What treasures! I've only seen pictures of these kinds of lace shawls and they are magnificent.