Astrakhan refers to a fur fabric originally made from the expensive curly black or gray fleece of lambs from Astrakhan, southern Russia, now usually made from Acrylic fibers. Astrakha n is used for hats, collars and trimming coats.
Moreover, Astrakhan refers to a cloth with a usually wool, curled, and looped pile resembling Karakul, namely the tightly curled glossy coat of the newborn lamb of a breed of hardy fat-tailed sheep from Uzbekistan with a narrow body and coarse wiry fur. Poor grades often have cotton warp or back; good grades are woven with a pile weave and cut; while the cheap grades are knitted. Resembles Astrakhan fur. Deep pile with curled loops. Astrakhan fabric is durable and warm.