History

 

The story of Exquisitely Angora began in 1989 when Rosalie Truong attended a rabbit show and was struck by the beauty of a magnificent white Angora rabbit. She knew immediately that she wanted to raise Angoras.  Rosalie did her homework; she read numerous books, talked to many breeders, and took spinning lessons and dyeing workshops. In less than a year, she became the proud owner of a herd comprising 16 animals, one of which was already a superior Grand Champion.

The hobby came to her naturally. Having the misfortune (or is it fortune?) to have been a war refugee, Rosalie had spent half of her childhood in Vietnam and the other half in France, including Paris. Her formative years were heavily influenced by the French tradition "de rigueur," that to create anything of beauty and value, one must start from scratch. She baked from scratch, she cooked from scratch, and she certainly could knit "from scratch." The idea of raising her own animals, harvesting and dyeing the fiber without slaughtering them, dyeing the yarn into a rainbow of colors, designing an exquisite garment, and executing it with precision did not simply fit this tradition, it had become part of Rosalie Truong.

Her work is most noted for its unique sense of color. Since her arrival in 1982 in Los Angeles, she has immensely enjoyed traveling through the West Coast, the Mountain States, and now the Midwest, her new-found home. From these journeys, her eyes have gleaned palettes after palettes of unimaginable colors of vast landscapes. These are reflected in the lines of natural fiber yarns, handspun or commercially spun, that she brings to you today. The blends of colors and textures are a unique marriage of her Far East past of tropical vibrancy and of the muted tones of the undulating Heartland.

Presently, Rosalie lives with her husband Jim, her two sons along with one cat and a few rabbits in a fully restored Victorian house. Their residence is situated in one of the few remaining historical neighborhoods in St. Louis. The old kitchen, a small separate building behind the house has been remodeled into a dye studio where Rosalie enjoys spending the majority of her time in a fervid frenzy of fuzzy creativity.  When Rosalie is not busy with her fiber, she equally thrives in working as a full time obstetric anesthesiologist at a local hospital.