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First Lady and Princess Radziwill Order Karakul Hats

Mar. 24, 1962 - Princess Lee Radziwill said today that she and her sister, Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy, had ordered karakul hats like the one (pictured) worn by Mrs. Kennedy today. Mrs. Kennedy was wearing a black karakul hat, called an astrakhan, given her by President Mohammed Ayub Khan. The Princess is accompanying her sister on the trip to India and Pakistan. Princess Radziwill called the hats “so fabulous and beautiful they may well become the fashion.” A merchant said Mrs. Kennedy had bought seven skins of small karakul sheep today for 2,000 rupees ($420). Each skin is enough for a hat. The skins were in black, brown and several shades of gray.

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