Video: Mark Tan visits Swakara farm

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.