Astrakhan (As'-Tra-Kan). [From Astrakhana, a city and province in Russia] Originally in Russia this was a name given to skins having a short, curly wool - particularly the pelts obtained from young lambs from the province of Astrakhana. At present Astrakhan cloth is silk or worsted material with a long and closely curled pile, in imitation of the fur above mentioned, and is used for ladies' cloaks, dress trimming and men's clothing. Astrakhan wool trimming is made in 10-yard lengths, and in 3-inch, 4-inch and 5-inch widths, the price increasing with the width. It is a durable and showy trimming.