A Brief History of Angora Rabbits
In 1723 the very first Angora rabbits could be found in France (they were then called "silk rabbits"). Those were thought to have originated from Ankara in Turkey.
Around 1800, French newspapers started writing about an Angora clothing industry, the products of which seemed to be aimed at the high Napoleonic society. (we know that Marshal Ney was wearing an Angora coat while retreating from Russia.
The first Angora breeding farms developed in the area around Aix-les-Bains and rheumatologists there recommended items of clothing made of Angora wool.
From then on, the production started spreading all over France, and particularly all along the river Loire.