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    That's gorgeous! Really well done!

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    Thank you Sir. I'm working on the next one now.

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    Lovely sporran! There must be a really interesting story behind actually getting the goat hair. I would love to hear it!

    I've spent literally months in Iceland all over the countryside over the past 40 years, and I've seen millions of Icelandic sheep, but I can't remember ever seeing an Icelandic goat. I did a little Google searching, and, sure enough, there is an Icelandic goat as well, but it was on the verge of extinction in the mid-1960s, when there were only 60-70 goats in the whole country. An effort was made to save them (see articles linked below), and, in 2003, the population was up to about 350. By 2018, the total goat population had risen to about 1200, which is still a really small population. So that explains why I never saw any while I was in the field!

    If anyone is interested, here's a 2014 article on saving the Icelandic goat, and another fascinating article (with a Game of Thromes connection) from 2018.
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    Goat hair

    Hi Barb,
    Thank you for adding that article. I must admit I probably did not give it much thought once I found the source of the hair I was looking for.
    Here is the link to that supplier.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/IVORY-WHI...72.m2749.l2649

    It looks like it might be a Chinese company to me.



    As you will see from the website they work with a great variety of pelts.

    PS. I bought one of your kilts a while back, second hand. It is truly a work of art and I love to wear it.
    I will have you do a bespoke one for me someday.
    Kindest regards,

    Phil

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    Hi Phil,

    I went to their website, and I think it's a virtual certainty that someone conflated Tibetan goat with Icelandic sheepskin (which IS readily available and the vendor on eBay also carries) and mistakenly arrived at the term Tibetan Icelandic goat. It's also possible that it is actually an Iceland sheepskin. Icelandic sheep have fabulous long-staple wool (adorably long, as you can see in the pics below):




    When it's brushed out in a sheepskin, it's very smooth. I honestly wouldn't know how to tell a Tibetan goat skin from an Icelandic sheepskin in a picture, though!!!

    Thanks for the feedback on the kilt! Which tartan?
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    Icelandic Goat hair

    I thought as much, after considering the source. What I got is definitely long and silky hair, and a lovely colour. The pillow case was made in a way that takes a lot of small pieces and patchworks them together.This works for sporrans as it adds strength to the pelts. Horse hair sporrans are strands of hair tied in bunches and sewn onto a backer panel.
    On this project the hair was all falling in the same general direction so I was able to achieve
    the look I wanted with only two layers of hair on the front of the sporran. The longest hair on this stuff I'm using is 8" long.


    I just want to say that these are beautiful animals and I would not think of harming one. I knew I was dealing with a product that was already processed. Just not to its highest and best use perhaps.
    Still, after reading those articles, I wonder if the hair could be harvested like horse hair and bound and stitched to a base as the horse hair sporrans are?


    As to the Kilt you made, it is in the Lochaber regional tartan I believe.
    I'm very happy to meet you finally, even if it is only online.


    Regards,
    Phil

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    Happy to meet you, too!

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    Second sporran on the same theme.

    This the second sporran I created from the same materials in the same theme. I laid down a set of gold tassels to see how they might look. Let me know which way you like it better.
















    I know I really need to work on my stitching at this point. It's pretty crude work.
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