While journey towards Achaleshwar Mahadev temple we saw the display board of Angora Rabbit Farm on the left hand side. We decided to visit on the way back and had meeting with Jitendra Saxena – the owner of Angora Rabbit Farm (cooperative society). Upon query he enhanced over knowledge about rabbits and its fur products.
Angora Rabbit is a German breed brought from Germany to Himachal Pradesh. Himachal Pradesh is having the very first unit and in 2007 the unit was started at Oriya, Rajasthan. There is more unit in Uttarakhand.
Angora Rabbit Farm was started with five German Angora Rabbits purchased from Himachal Padesh. Currently Angor Rabbit Farm is having 175 rabbits and they all are for fur purpose not for meat.
Rabbits can survive up-to 35 degree temperature. If more temperature they may start bleeding from nose. German breed can survive in minus degree also.
The age of rabbit is maximum of seven years. Every alternate month they can go for breeding and maximum baby rabbits produced by a rabbit is 11 at least I have seen – said Jitendra.
Birth cycle of rabbits are of maximum 40 days.
They eat green grass and ready-made food is available.
Every three months fur is clipped and thread is made and is used at hand-loom. Each Rabbit during one clipping provide 250-300 gm of fur. After removing waste it is upto 225-250 gm. As the process of making thread is costly fur is packed into bags and sent to Himachal Pradesh in Govt. unit and after process thread is sent back in half or one kg spindle. And then it is used with handloom for products.
We made shawls, stoles and muffler. A plain shawl can be made in four hours. Three plain shawls can be made in a day. Plain shawl cost Rs. 2400/-. Design shawl is of Rs. 7000-8000.
Natural color of fur is white but organic die is also used to color fur.
If you compare the wool it is 7-8 times more warmer than the normal wool.
There is one black and grey rabbit which we are thinking for black fiber which is not available anywhere. It is Australian breed and we mix it with German Angora breed to make natural black fur.
We sell products here or at exhibition organized by NABARD. Though there are now a days power-loom but demand is still of Hand-loom. We have currently 7-8 employees and time to time training session goes on.
Fantastic information shared. Thanks to Jitendra ji. Thanks a lot. Knowledge enhanced about rabbits and its fur products.