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Thursday, January 5, 2012

mohair and Orenburg goat down

side by side mohair (angora goats, fiber 11+cm long, adult) and Orenburg goat down (adult)

washed fiber. white

left to right:
mohair fleece, washed, Orenburg goat down fleece, washed
 mohair closer
 Orenburg goat down closer

 lock pulled from each fiber.

Orenburg goat down has guard hair, about same thickness as mohair fibers are. Orenburg goat down has weak/short fibers мякиш. No make a decent shawl one needs to get rid of 2 things - guard hair coat and myakish coat. That means combing, not carding.

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