Video: Mark Tan visits Swakara farm
2 November 2015Animal welfare
At the end of October the
Danish designer Mark Kenly Domino Tan visited Namibia with
Kopenhagen Fur to learn about the production of Swakara skins,
which he will use in his next collection.
The fur of the Namibian Karakul sheep is known as Swakara, an
abbreviation for South West African Karakul. Karakul sheep have
been bred in Namibia since 1907, when the first sheep were imported
from Central Asia.
In addition to contributing to the sustainability of the
Namibian society, the sheep help increase and maintain the
vegetation in the barren desert which covers 80 percent of the
country. As they stomp on the grass while grazing for food, they
actually plant the grass seeds further into the ground. Grass seeds
which the wind would otherwise carry away.