Photo: National Angora Rabbit Breeders Club, Quote: "Despicable Me"
It's actually finally getting warmer out, but I recently got to help in donating to Heifer, partially toward a Knitter's Basket which includes angora rabbits. If you've ever gotten to pet one of those super furry rabbits (above) then you know angora wool is an incredibly soft material.
Not to be confused with mohair from angora goat or cashmere from cashmere goats (ps. watch for those in future posts). Angora wool comes from a variety of angora rabbits, but the National Angora Rabbit Breeders Club recognizes English, French, Giant, and Satin angoras. The angora is warmer and lighter than wool because of the "hollow core of the angora fibre". A diameter of 12-16 micrometers is usually considered good quality and the fur is about $10-16 per ounce (source). The rabbits need to be groomed weekly to prevent matting. They moult about every four months and their fur can be collected after having moulted, plucked (plucking moulted fur), or by shearing. Shearing takes less time than plucking and collects more, but plucking gets longer and better quality fur. The best quality is taken from the back and upper sides, followed by neck and lower sides. The third and fourth quality are best for bird nests and taken from the bum and legs. The fur is sometimes mixed with wool to give wool the elasticity and keep the fine angora together.
The Addison Cable Swing Sweater (US$125) from Saks Fifth Avenue is so chill and effortless. What's better than an oversize sweater and leggings? The angora is mixed with nylon and viscose. The Acne Blue Micah Angora Jumper (US$230) on MyWardrobe is so cute and I imagine very soft with 70% angora to 30% nylon. The Diane Von Furstenberg Noa Knitted Sweater (US$245) on Net-a-Porter is bright in 'dandelion'. I really like it mixed with the green. It would look great whether you went as bold as Net-a-Porter or subdued paired with blacks or greys. The visible zipper down the back is also so cool. It only has 7% angora, but it is also 40% wool, 28% viscose, 15% polyamide, and 10% cashmere.
xoxo Aimee ♥