Shepherd's coat

Like sheepskin or fur, this heavy garment serves as an excellent shield from the weather. Long wool strands on the inside provide warmth and comfort to a shepherd who may spend cold nights in the mountains tending to sheep. The fabric is so thick and dense, a wolf or stray dog cannot bite through it.


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    Shepherd's Coat

    Asia: Central Asia, Afghanistan, Eastern Afghanistan or Asia: South Asia, Pakistan, Northwest Frontier Province

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  • Shepherd's Coat

    Shepherd's Coat

    Asia: Central Asia, Afghanistan, Eastern Afghanistan or Asia: South Asia, Pakistan, Northwest Frontier Province

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  • Shepherd's Coat

    Shepherd's Coat

    Asia: Central Asia, Afghanistan, Eastern Afghanistan or Asia: South Asia, Pakistan, Northwest Frontier Province

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    Shepherd's Hat

    Asia: Central Asia, Afghanistan, Eastern Afghanistan or Asia: South Asia, Pakistan, Northwest Frontier Province

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What was the life of a shepherd like in the 20th century?

responded: Jul 27, 2012

Posted by VIC224Y - Intro to Material Culture Uoft

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Wool production has always been a significant part of Spain’s history, economically, ecologically, and even culturally. The practice of transhumance is one that shepherds take pride in; it is part of their identity. The shepherds coat was constructed such that it met the needs of the shepherd during the yearly pilgrimage. It is primarily a piece of functional clothing that is perfectly suited to the need of the wearer. The transhumance phenomenon is just as valuable to Spain as it is as valuable to the shepherds who partake in it. It is a lifestyle that promotes biodiversity and sustainability.

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