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Arctic Qiviut are the exclusive producer of Arctic Beauty yarn, a superior qiviut blended yarn consisting of 60% qiviut 20% German angora 20% cultivated Bombay silk. We use the finest qiviut from the saddle area of the muskox, which is located on the back of the muskox. Qiviut adds durability, warmth, light weight, softness and is non-itchy to skin. Qiviut has insulation properties for comfort in any climate. German angora is added for extreme softness, loftiness, warmth, durability, heat retention, insulating, non-odor absorbing and antistatic properties. Cultivated Bombay silk is added for natural strength, durability, luster, warmth, its high absorbency and its ability to hold dyes. Weavers, knitters and crochet artists will enjoy the soft feel of Arctic Beauty yarn flowing over their fingertips.
Brand: Arctic Qiviut - Arctic Beauty
Fibre: 60% Qiviut / 20% Angora / 20% Silk
Yarn Weight: 2 Ply
Yarn Length: 218 / 437 Yards
Ball/Skein Weight: 29 / 58 Grams
Available in 30 exclusive colour blends
Care Information: Lukewarm hand wash only. Dry flat.
Do not machine dry. Do not iron.
Muskox is a very old species they have been around since the time of the woolly mammoth. Most live in the Arctic, Canada, Alaska, and Greenland. Qiviut is not another term for the muskox but refers to the soft downy undercoat. A mature male produces around 6 to 8 pounds of muskox raw fleece fiber. After processing the 6 to 8 pounds of muskox raw fleece fiber you will yield about 2 to 3 pounds of cleaned qiviut ready for spinning into yarn. It is one of the lightest and warmest of all the natural fibers. Qiviut feels wonderful next to the skin. Qiviut is often blended with silk, fine merino, and now with angora, cashmere, and baby alpaca.
Characteristics and Properties of Qiviut:
8 times warmer than wool
Insulating fiber comfortable in any climate
Safe for people who suffer from wool allergies
Softer than cashmere
Microns: 10 -12
Wild muskox 16.5 micron in yearlings to 18.2 micron in adults and from 17.5 micron in adult females to 18.2 micron in adult males
Color: gray-brown, dyes easily
Staple length: 3.5–7 cm (1.5–3 inches)
6 to 8 pounds of muskox fiber yields 2 to 3 pounds of Qiviut per Muskox
Angora wool is an extraordinarily soft fiber produced from the fur of the Angora rabbit. Angora fibers are hollow, which gives them loft and a characteristic `floating' feel. They're exceptionally soft and possess the highest heat retention and best moisture-wicking properties of any natural fiber.
Pure angora fibers are rarely woven into fabric because the fibers are so fine and fragile. Rather, they are blended with other wools to increase warmth and enhance softness. Angora wool can be worn outside in very cold conditions and then immediately worn inside without overheating. Angora rabbits shed their fur, or people harvest the fur by combing or clipping. One rabbit can shed every 3 months.
Because Angora involves a laborious harvesting process and a small number of producers, most angora wool products are expensive. Angora is used in luxury garments, undergarments and sportswear.
Characteristics and Properties of Angora Wool:
Extremely soft, lofty, lustrous, and lightweight.
Best heat retention of all natural wool.
6 times warmer than wool
Color: multiple colors
Staple length: 7-13 cm(3-5 inches)
1-5 pounds yield of fiber per year per animal
India has been cultivating silk moths and producing silk since the ancient times. The fiber is derived from the cocoon formed by the caterpillar of the silk moth. The caterpillar feeds on mulberry leaves and forms the cocoon by a single thread of silk which is its saliva. This strand of silk is later unwound and converted into a usable thread. Production of silk in this process is known as sericulture
Silk fibers were meant for the rich and powerful in India since the ancient times. Ancient texts and mythological tales tell us that for a long time, silk fibers were specially cultured and developed for royalty. Times have changed, and now anybody can buy silk products. However, silk still remains one of the most sought after and expensive fibers. Silk fabrics are valued due to their luster and drape ability. Silk fibers are used to make fabric and yarn. Silk fiber is blended with other fibers to make yarn to add strength, durability, warmth, and luster.
Unlike cotton, which is graded in counts, silk is graded in deniers. In cotton the lesser the count the thicker the material and the higher the count the thinner the material. While in silk it is the opposite with the lesser denier producing a finer silk and a thicker denier producing a heavier silk.
Characteristics and Properties of Bombay Silk:
Staple length: 4 inch long
Natural strength and durability
Holds dye well
Comfortable and cool in summer and warm in winter
Holds dye well
High absorbency to dampness & odor
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