Bison are native to North America. At one time, their numbers were estimated as high as 70 million, but the 1800’s saw a huge decline, down to only about 1000 in the 1880’s. Due to ranches that now raise bison, mainly for meat, their numbers have returned to about 600,000. Nonetheless, there is only a limited amount of fiber available – estimated at 10,000 lbs per year, vs 2,100,000,000 lbs of sheep wool.
Bison fiber The hairs are made up of five hairs, the outer guard hairs are hollow, course and a micron count that starts at 21 and go upward. But it is the supersoft fine undercoat of the downy hair that we use for our premium bison down products. The down has a 1 1/2-2 inch staple length that has been assisted by modern technology that as allowed the fiber to be made into a luxury yarn. The “down” micron count is between 14 – 18. The hair contains no lanolin, which is the source of many wool allergies, making it an excellent allergy-free fiber. Buffalo down is a very warm, insulating fiber that is warmer and more comfortable to wear than sheep’s wool. Care of Bison: Bison fiber if bison tough, pure bison can be machine washed in warm water and dryed in the dryer on gentle cycle. Machine washing will create a soft halo to your garment. Should you choose not to create the soft halo effect hand wash and lay flat dry.
Judie was an icon and constant in Sheep’s Clothing. She started working for Jimalee just after moving to Kennewick, when the store was across from Winco. She was encouraged to teach classes and did so 4 days a week for over 15 years. Judie learned to knit and crochet at age 3, from “Grandmom”, who […]