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Silk / Yak (55%/45%) Sliver/Roving - 50g

Price: $15.00

55%Silk / 45% Yak

This fiber feels like a touch of heaven!

Both the silk and the yak down are the same fiber length, (1" to 1.5"), creating a homogneous blend. A homogeneous blend looks, feels and handles nearly like a single fiber type and more easily spins a consistant yarn because the component fibers are evenly distributed.

Yak is a valued beast of burden living  above the snowline in the Himalayan Mountains.  It provides meat, hair and hides to the people living there.  Its long, shaggy coat reaches to the ground. 

The soft undercoat is combed out at the time of the spring molt.  The fiber length varies from one to one-and-a-half inches.

Separating the guard hairs from the down is a slow, necessary process before spinning the fiber, which is nearly as soft as cashmere.  The longer hair is used in rope making, for mats, sacks and covering huts.  The undercoat of the yak keeps it warm in extreme cold, so the fiber is warm and lightweight, with a luster.

Silk lends the delicate yak down substance, sheen and elasticity.  And the yak makes the silk become softer and warmer, and creates a lovely soft brown/grey color. 

This exotic blend is heavenly to knit or weave, yielding a soft drape-able cloth with exceptionally beautiful color, just perfect for shawls or scarves.

Fiber Length is 1" – 11/2"

Hand-spun and hand-knitted by Diane de Souza

50 Gram (1.8 oz) packages

Color:  natural taupe-grey

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