Amazon.co.uk Widgets  

Qiviut, The Underdown of the Muskox

Qiviut is a rare, incredibly soft and light-weight fiber. Qiviut is from the Inuit language, meaning the underwool of the Musk Ox or Oomingmak. There are several spellings of the word: qivitit, kiviuk, qiviuk, qiviute, qiveut, to name a few.

Musk Ox are found on the high arctic tundra in northern Canada and Greenland. They have been reintroduced to Russia and Norway. Musk ox in the wild are nomadic and travel about 1 mile per day between feeding areas. They migrate between moist lowlands in summer and high, barren plateaus in winter. To guard their young, musk ox travel in rings, the adults surrounding the young, protecting them from wolves and other attackers. Their diet consists of flowering plants, leaves and shrubs.

There are also a few domestic and research herds in Alaska, Canada and Montana.

Musk Ox grow 400 – 800 lbs. They have a long outer coat comprised of coarse guard hairs. Their inner downy coat allows them to survive the cold arctic winter. Qiviut is 8 times warmer than wool and is finer than cashmere. Qiviut doesn’t have natural elasticity like wool, and doesn’t shrink or felt and takes dye beautifully.

Musk ox shed their fiber once a year, yielding about 5 to 7 lbs. of fiber. Qiviut fiber collection, cleaning and dehairing is a very time consuming process as it is all done by hand. The yarn is spun in specialized cashmere factories. For handspinners, Silvia Becker offers advice on spinning qiviut.

The Musk Ox Company in Montana sells fiber and yarn for knitters. The yarns are available in several fashionable colors and patterns.

More about Qiviut

Exotic Yarns

Are you looking for some qiviut to spin? Here are links to some suppliers of exotic yarns.

 

Roving

 

Dimensions Needle Felting Art Kit 7 x 5 in. Birds

Dimensions Needle Felting Art Kit 7 x 5 in. Birds
Current price:
$8.99
Ends in:
0d 1h 33m
Dimensions Needle Felting Art Kit 7 x 5 in. Birds
Seller: eBay

Dimensions Feltworks 100% Wool Roving Rolls Multi

Dimensions Feltworks 100% Wool Roving Rolls Multi
Current price:
$4.49
Ends in:
0d 1h 37m
Dimensions Feltworks 100% Wool Roving Rolls Multi
Seller: eBay

1 lb POUND White Wool Top Roving Fiber Spin, Felt Crafts HIGH QUALITY LUXURIOUS

1 lb POUND White Wool Top Roving Fiber Spin, Felt Crafts HIGH QUALITY LUXURIOUS
Current price:
$18.00
Ends in:
0d 2h 11m
1 lb POUND White Wool Top Roving Fiber Spin, Felt Crafts HIGH QUALITY LUXURIOUS
Seller: eBay
 

Comments are closed.

This page last edited on June 8, 2013

by

Creative Commons License
All Fiber Arts by Paivi Suomi is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Share

Facebook

Join our new Facebook Group
AllFiberArts Facebook Group
  • Tattooing a New Surface (Coupeville, WA)
    This workshop will express the magical possibilities Irit identifies hidden in felt and nature. According to Irit's renown vision and mastering of unique creative methods, she will teach and demonstrate...
  • Exploring Color with Dye (Coupeville, WA)
    Exploring Color with Dye is an in depth workshop on precise use of Procion MX dyes. Students will be introduced to color theory and how it relates to dye on cloth while also exploring their own personal...
  • Light Up Your Landscape (LaPointe, WI)
    Fusing small squares, rectangles or diamonds of fabric, students build up a landscape background that is full of light, contrasts and drama. Design principles including perspective and focal point will...
  • Contemporary Folk Art: Floral Medallion (LaPointe, WI)
    Join Sue for 5 wonderful days on the Island designing and hand stitching your own medallion design. You will draw inspiration from Folk Flowers from around the world while you combine hand dyed wool, velvets,...