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Lambskin/sheepskin
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Lambskin was categorised as a type of fur in the Middle Ages. Lambskin or sheepskin (sometime referred to as pellura) is the tanned hide of the domesticated lamb or sheep (ovis aries). The skin is tanned as a pelt with the fleece intact and the resulting fur is very warm. Lambskins are available in a range of naturally occurring shades including white, cream, reddish-brown (also known as sheep's colour) and black. The legs of lambskins could be used to make furs known as shanks. It is possible that the term 'avortons' was app…

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Maria Hayward, “Lambskin/sheepskin”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 23 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_SIM_000971>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503



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