& Co's new clothing and accessory range uses qiviut
, a rare by-product of the arctic musk ox, which claims to be softer than cashmere and ten times warmer than wool.
The most profitable scenario for either herd size was selling all the qiviut
as value-added yarn, coupled with livestock sales.
Qiveut Designs is owned by Margaret Rye, who weaves, knits, and dyes custom qiviut
garments in her Mat-Su in-home studio.
In 2012, the co-op opened its membership to include all natural fiber producers, including, but not limited to, llama, sheep, angora, mohair, cashmere, yak, buffalo and qiviut
(or musk ox wool) producers.
Underneath is a dense layer of wool called qiviut
(Ki-vee-ut) that is considered among the finest and warmest in the world.
They are insulated by thick fur called qiviut
, and they likely have the ability to direct blood away from their extremities in cold weather.
For the musk ox, called oomingmak or "bearded one" by Native Alaskans, it's all about an undercoat called qiviut
95): it covers the unique art of working with qiviut
, or musk ox down, and tells how to locate it, work with it, and reproduce laces from the knitters of the Oomingmak Musk Ox producers's Co-Operative.
There is even extensive background information on the natural history of musk oxen, conservation efforts, and the fiber quality and use of their fur which is the source of Qiviut
(or musk ox down), felt by many to be the world's warmest, lightest-weight fiber and a mainstay of Alaska's native knitters.
Under that, they have a coat of fine hair called qiviut
(KIV-ee-oot) that works like a layer of thick fleece.
Hidden under a muskox's sleek outer coat is a layer of softer wool called qiviut
that they shed each year.
Farming Muskoxen for Qiviut
in Alaska: A Feasibility Study.