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.
So retailers now have access to an enormous inventory that includes beautiful silk fibers, angoras, mohairs, alpaca, and even the ultra-luxurious Qiviut
yarn," says Nikifortchuk.
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.
Beneath that outer coat there's a light brown, soft but dense undercoat known as qiviut
, pronounced kiv-ee-ute, meaning "down" or "underwool" in the Inupiat Eskimo language.
Their under-wool, called qiviut
(kiv-ee-ute), is said to be eight times warmer than sheep's wool, and the yarn can cost up to $80 per ounce.
By 1969, enough qiviut
had been converted to yarn to put it into production.
com currently carries over 250,000 items that range from basic yarns to specialty fibers such as the rare and ultra-luxurious $70 a ball Qiviut
, made from the soft undercoat of the Muskox.
The company markets qiviut
, musk ox fur, which is light, soft and eight times warmer than wool, in the form of hats, stoles, tunics, scarves, headbands and smoke rings.
His goal was to determine whether the animal could be domesticated and used for its fine underwool, called Qiviut