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We Went A-Weaving…

I’ve been taking a weaving class here at Sterling (No! You didn’t know that, did you?). After our class went on a field trip to the Old Stone House Museum to look at looms and such Schirin, Joe and I went back to set up and weave on an enormous barn loom they have up in the Athenian Hall attic. Long story short, it was fun, Schirin had to dress up (all the way down to bare feet!), Joe and I didn’t (yes….) and even though the loom was set up in a strange way, it worked in the end and we were able to weave some things!

Angoras from the Past

I was perusing the interwebs today and, somehow or another I found myself looking at a group of photos from the Wisconsin Historical Images Photostream on Flickr. Amongst the trumpet-playing farm boys and groups of girls were angora rabbits that looked suspiciously like Linus.

These rabbits are from an album made between 1941-1943 and depict the German’s angora rabbit fur program located in 31 different German concentration camps including Dachau, Thorn and Buchenwald. The fur from these rabbits was used to make clothing and as a lining in the coats of Luftwaffe pilots.  Sigrid Shultz recovered the book when she was assisting searching for documents missing from Himmler’s Alpine villa as part of the Counter Intelligence Corps. You can read more about it at the Wisconsin Historical Society and see more photos in the Wisconsin Historical Images Photostream.

Linus’ old-timey relation.

Angora rabbits in the process of being shaved.