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