Hand Knitting Yarns

Fluffy Angora Fiber

It’s Not a Ball of Fluff, It’s an Angora Rabbit!

Angora Fiber
Angola BunnyThere’s no mistaking it – Angora bunnies are fluffy. These bunnies are so fluffy that
their smooth, delicate hair is one of the softest natural fibers available. It is also
unbelievably warm and is often used for spinning yarn. This high quality fiber is referred to as Angora yarn.

Angora yarn can be harvested year round, and most fiber spinners do this by holding the
rabbit on their lap and either combing out the fiber, or careful scissor harvesting. The
Angoras, funnily enough, seem to enjoy this frequent attention and the harvesting process
causes them no pain or discomfort whatsoever. Angora wool harvesting is said to be a
soothingly calming process for both parties involved! The raw wool is pleasing to the
spinner because of its strong and yet soft texture. Each of the four Angora breeds has
their own distinct and unique fiber qualities allowing for quick results in the spinning
process.

How Does One Recognize Top Quality Angora Wool?

Apart from its highly apparent fluff factor, a well-groomed animal will have very little
debris in their fiber. Therefore the harvested wool should not need washing or carding –
the process of removing debris from wool for even fiber texture/continuity prior to
spinning. The finest quality yarn should be handspun with high twist to ensure minimum
shedding.

We now have our own range of wonderfully soft Angora yarns made from the best quality
Angora fiber. With knitting and wear, the yarn leaves a luxuriously soft and fluffy haze
– the characteristic “Angora look.” 100% Angora yarn is exceptionally comfortable to wear
next to the skin, not being at all itchy or scratchy and usually suitable even for those
with the most delicate of skins. Our exclusive 100% Angora yarn is available in 35 hand-
dyed colors.

Angora wool is sometimes left in its natural color, but can be hand dyed. Its superior
quality can also be demonstrated with its ability to retain dye color longer than all
other types of wool fibers. Angora wool can also be mixed when knitted into clothing
using other soft fibers such as silk, cashmere, mohair, or sheep’s wool, at a ratio of
usually no more than 30%.

The wool industry views Angora fiber as the “crème de la crème” of the fiber production
market. Angora wool is always in high demand and the number of breeders who produce this
wool are relatively few.

Angora wool can be marketed raw (unspun) or spun, in either dyed or natural colors.