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Animal Fibres - sheep & other animals

Animal Fibres from sheep, alpaca, camels, rabbits, goats & silk moths

Sheep are the principal source of natural animal fibre and there are more than 200 breeds of sheep worldwide. The largest number of breeds in one country is in Britain, with around 65. Read more about these on the sheep breeds page.

Blue-Faced Leicester Sheep

Alpaca to Yak - fibre animals other than sheep

Silk moths and silk worms

Sheep

Alpaca to Yak

Silkworms & silkmoths

Wool from sheep

Camel fibre

Silk - tussah and mulberry silk

Wool

Camel fibre

Silk



According to Wikipedia, wool is fibre derived from the fur of animals of the Caprinae family – sheep and goats, especially sheep, and for many it is only fibre from sheep. Unlike silk, it is formed of the protein ‘keratin’ and it has two qualities that distinguish it from hair or from fur: it has overlapping scales and it is crimped. Read more about wool here.

Very many other animals produce important and useful fibre for weaving, spinning and dyeing, however, including, alpaca, camels, goats and rabbits, as well as insects that produce silk. Read more about fibre from alpaca and camels here, and angora, mohair and cashmere from rabbits and goats here.

Silk is an important and ancient luxury fibre with a celebrated history, produced by both cultivated Mulberry silkworms and by wild silkmoths of many species. Read more about silk, silkmoths and silkworms here.

  1. Wool from sheep
  2. Fibre sizes and choosing fibre
  3. History of sheep and wool
  4. Sheep breeds
  5. Alpacas & camels
  6. Other animals - cashmere & mohair goats, rabbits & yak
  7. Silk and silkworms

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