Hair of the dog

by RH


The spinning or weaving of dogs’ hair is by no means a new idea, and it is an art that could well be revived in these days of mounting costs.  Dogs’ hair of the right variety can produce the most beautiful garments, equal in quality to that of the Angora rabbit.  In World War 1 innumerable garments were made for wounded soldiers by an association with headquarters in Piccadilly, and Miss Wilkinson of the London School of Weaving was using dogs’ hair extensively in 1919.

Spinning dogs’ hair has won the approbation of many Royal personages.  One of Queen Victoria’s daughters had her Poodle’s hair spun for her by the Sandringham Spinners, and then made into a shawl.  The Borzois of Queen Alexandra supplied their silky hair for another shawl for her Royal Highness.  And in more modern days Queen Elizabeth accepted a pram rug made from Samoyed hair for Prince Charles’s pram.  So if you follow in the footsteps of these noble people and their dogs you are surely in the height of fashion.

From ‘Barbara Woodhouse‘s Book of Dogs,’ 1957.