This Season’s Hottest Fiber: Qiviut, the Undercoat of Musk Oxen

Via Large Animal Research Station

Via Large Animal Research Station

There are only two farms actively producing qiviut (kiv-ee-utt) in Alaska and none in the rest of the country, but its fantastically soft and warm qualities—plus the economic benefit it can provide Alaska—make it one of the most interesting and promising new fibers out there.

The musk ox is a gigantic bison-looking animal, though it’s actually more closely related to goats than it is to bison or cows. It’s a native Arctic animal, living in the coldest regions of North America and Greenland, but thanks to hunting for its pelt, was wiped out of Alaska in the late 1800s. Starting in 1935, though, the US government began reintroducing musk oxen back into Alaska, where now there resides a population of a few thousand.

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