Wealth in the skin
An article by Andrei Adjamov published on Fergana.ru and reprinted by Courrier International
The karakul is a providential animal for herders in Uzbekistan. The animal, which bears its name from the Turkish Kara Kul, which means Black Lake, a location near the town of Bukhara where the first specimens originate, is highly prized for its fur.
The weakest karakul lambs are sacrificed on the day of their birth in order to collect their fine bright loops which will give valuable fur. After a few days, these precious loops are becoming commonplace wool lamb (which will be used to make the famous Bukhara carpet). That''s why the lambs need to be sacrificed at the earliest.
Their carcasses are fully exploited: their meat, soft, is very popular, their hoof serve to produce glue and the rennet of their stomach is made into cheese or medicines.
The trade of karakul wool grew with the fabrication of chapkas passes and fur for Soviet soldiers, a tradition recently back on track thanks to President Putin.