PRECIOUS ANIMAL FIBER
We have always been engaged in the study of precious animal fibers manifacturing.
To make our high quality products we choose the most appropriate yarns that come only from sheep, goats, camelids and leporidae family. These fantastic animals have fleeces from which we obtain fine yarns used in the textile manufacture.
The precious animal fibers we use come from:
- Merino sheep: breed of sheep from which we obtain a type of wool with superior quality compared to the different types of wool. Merino wool is very soft, fine and thickly wavy, it differs in fineness and length of its fiber. It has single strands with a diameter of 15 microns, a level of quality that allows the best wools to compete with the finest cashmere.
- Angora goat: very ancient breed originated from Tibet, namely in the province of Ankara, in Turkey, from which the name cames from. Today it is also bred in South Africa, in the United States, Australia and Europe. From the Angora goat we obtained Mohair, a beautiful fiber, whose name originates from the Turkish “mukhyar” and refers to the most precious fleeces.
- Cachemire goat: breed of goats originated from Kashmir, the north-western region of India. Today it is also bred in India, China, Mongolia, Iran, Afghanistan, North America, Australia and Europe to produce a very high quality wool. Cashmere is a very thin fiber and therefore adaptable to numerous processes. Moreover, thanks to its lightness, together with high production costs, Cashmere is the most precious fiber.
- Alpaca: a domesticated species of South American camelid. Unlike lamas, alpacas are bred for their fine wool, renowned because it is light, very warm, hypoallergenic, fine, similar to silk.
- Angora rabbit: a particular breed of European rabbit. From its long, fluffy fur, we obtain the ‘angora wool’, a very sought-after and appreciated yarn because it is very hot and extremely soft. This type of wool is about six times warmer than normal wool, its yarn is very shiny and slippery. Angora wool should not be confused with mohair, obtained from the angora goat fur.
It is important to say that Øldberg doesn’t consider these wonderful animals as “commodity” or “raw material”. In fact, with the care in the selection and check of supplies, each product made is environmentally friendly and respects nature and animals. To this purpose, we invite you to read the articles: