Luxury Fibers from Animals
Alpaca and Alpaca Blend is the yarn of choice when you want dense warmth with softness. Alpaca yarn is softer and warmer than wool because of its hollow core that insulates with high efficiency. It blends exceptionally well with silk for great color. Alpaca has a slight fuzzy quality that adds to its luxurious feel. The lack of lanolin makes Alpaca yarn hypoallergenic or very unlikely to cause allergic reactions.
Angora known for fluffy warmth comes from the fur of the Angora Rabbit. Because Angora yarn involves a laborious harvesting process with few producers, it is a rare and expensive luxury fibers.
Cashmere for lightweight softness comes from the high mountain Cashmere Goat. With its high moisture content, Cashmere’s insulating properties change with the humidity in the air, making it comfortable in all climates and seasons.
Llama comes from the fine undercoat of the Llama, a member of the camel family. It provides soft, fluffy warmth, and is available in a wider range of natural colors. Lacking lanolin, Llama yarn is very unlikely to cause allergic reactions.
Mink comes exclusively from healthy, stress-free minks, sheared once a year. The fiber is blended with cashmere and dyed using eco-friendly techniques. It is spun in small batches into warm, soft, fluffy yarn that loves to be hand washed and holds up very well over time. Once the year’s supply of mink is gone, we have to wait until next year.
Mohair fibers create soft and very fluffy yarns. Mohair-silk blends can be spun into lace weight yarns that knit into lacy shawls and scarves that provide featherweight warmth. Mohair fiber comes from the Angora Goat.
Qiviut, the rarest of fibers, is warmer than wool and softer than cashmere. Unlike wool, it does not shrink in water at any temperature. Qiviut comes from the Arctic Musk Ox. It is combed by hand from the animal’s two-layered coat or gathered from the bushes where the fibers catch during molting each Spring. A limited amount of fiber is available each year. As with Mink, once the year’s supply is gone, we must wait until next year.
Bamboo for lightweight softness and silky feel, lovely drape.
Cotton organically grown, soft when blended with silk or Tencel, and easy to wear.
Modal, made from beechwood, this sustainably produced fiber adds lightness, fineness and durability when blended with others.
SeaCell, a newly available fiber, is made from salt water seaweed, blended with silk for fabulous color and softness.
Tencel, made from the cellulose in wood pulp, this sustainable fiber blends with cotton increase softness and color depth.
Silk: in a class by itself
Silk is the yarn of choice when you want soft, luxurious feel and deeply saturated color. Silk blends with other yarns to carry color and lend softness and great drape.
Silk can be worn in all seasons: it is very absorbent, which makes it comfortable in warm weather, and its great insulating properties keep warm air close to the skin in cold weather.
Silk is a natural protein fiber obtained from the cocoons of the mulberry silkworm larvae.