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5 Amazing facts about fibers. #2 Will leave you SHOCKED

In today’s Sierra Yarns blog, we have listed 5 interesting facts from 5 different and famous fibers. Hope you enjoy them:                                         

  1. Vicuña:

If you thought cashmere was luxurious and expensive, think again. An adult vicuna produces only about a pound of fiber each year, and this scarcity means that getting some vicuna into your wardrobe doesn’t come cheap. A vicuna coat can cost up to $21,000

  1. Cashmere:

Cashmere is an environmental catastrophe. Since the 1990’s demand for cashmere has risen and the grasslands in China can’t support the growing number of hungry goats that are required to keep stores stocked with piles of cashmere. This means that the grasslands that are an important part of the ecosystem are turning into icy deserts. About ninety percent of Mongolia is already at risk of turning into a desert, and many hypothesize that over-grazing is compounding the effects of climate change. 

  1. Organic Cotton:

Avoids Allergies and Skin Concerns. There are no chemical retentions from organic cotton clothing; thus, people with allergies or with specific chemical sensitivity will greatly benefit from using organic cotton in clothing fabric.

  1. Wool:

Wool fibres are very durable and flexible. Wool fibre can withstand being bent 20,000 times without breaking. In comparison, cotton breaks after 3,000 bends and silk after 2,000 bends. Wool is a hard wearing and wool’s natural elasticity means that the fibres will stretch under pressure and "spring back" when the pressure is released, making wool the perfect filling for wool quilts.

     5. Alpaca:

Alpaca comes in 22 gorgeous natural colors ranging from white to true black and including delicate beiges, vicuna-like fawns, luscious rich browns and full range of grays. No other fiber animal produces so many colors. Alpaca is the only fiber that grows true black fleece. Thus, no dye is required to produce alpaca yarn in this large range of earth colors, making it particularly eco-friendly. Yet, when other colors are desired, alpaca accepts dye beautifully.

Which one did you found more interesting? And why? Leave your comment below!

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