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  2. Sources of wool fibre size information
     
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History of sheep breeds
The original Ryder article(s):-
M L Ryder (1964) 'The History of Sheep Breeds in Britain', Ag Hist Rev, 12 (1), pp 1-12 & 12 (2) pp 65-82.

Wool
Article on the organic credentials of wool – “Wool - facts behind the fiber”
http://organicclothing.blogs.com/my_weblog/2005/11/wool_facts_behi.html

Bozedown Alpacas
http://www.bozedown-alpacas.co.uk/

Cotton
One Hundred Percent Cotton
http://www.botgard.ucla.edu/html/botanytextbooks/economicbotany/Gossypium/index.html

Article on the organic credentials of cotton fibre – “Cotton: Facts behind the Fiber”
http://organicclothing.blogs.com/my_weblog/2007/07/cotton-facts-be.html

Bamboo
Article on the organic credentials of bamboo fibre – “Bamboo: Facts behind the Fiber”
http://organicclothing.blogs.com/my_weblog/2007/09/bamboo-facts-be.html

Silk
Article on the organic credentials of silk fibres – “Raw & Organic Silk: Facts behind the Fibers”
http://organicclothing.blogs.com/my_weblog/2007/03/raw_organic_sil.html
 

Source of wool fibre size information
1. BCSBA    RED
2. OSU        BLUE
3. Carlson   GREEN
4. Brock      YELLOW
5. Brown    


Fibre

Microns

Bradford Count

Australian Merino

18-24

80-60

Balwen

 

50-40

Black Welsh Mountain

28-35

56-48

Blue-faced Leicester

22-25

60-56

Border Leicester

30-38

46-40

Castlemilk Morrit

33-35

50-48

Cheviot

27-33

56-48

Clun Forest

 

58-48

Corriedale (Merino/Lincoln X)

25-31

58-50

Cotswold

36-40

40-36

Dorset

27-33

58-46

Finnish Landrace

23-31

60-50

Hampshire

25-33

58-46

Icelandic

22-28 (55-65 outer)

70-46

Jacob

28-39

56-44

Karakul

 

44-36

Leicester Longwool

37-46

60-40

Lincoln

36-40

40-36

Manx Loghtan

27-33

54-46

Oxford

30-34

50-46

Rambouillet

18-24

80-60

Romney

31-38

48-40

Ryeland

25-28

58-56

Scottish Blackface

 

44-36

Shetland

20-33

60-50

Shropshire

24-33

60-48

Soay

 

50-44

Southdown

23-29

60-54

Suffolk

25-33

58-48

Wensleydale

33-35

48-44


BCSBA

OSU

PennState

TextileLink

calculated

 

 

 

 

 

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Table 3. Fibre sizes for other fibre animals sorted on type

Fibre

Microns

source

Alpaca

20-41

 

Angora rabbit

10-18

EFFN

Camel

15-22

 

Cashmere

12-18

EFFN

Mohair

23-38

 

Possum

12-14

SGS

Vicuna

12

 

Yak down fibre

15-35

 


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