Some Thoughts About
Natural Animal Fibers
We use natural animal-fibered yarns in our caps and nekkers for a number of reasons. The most important reason is because we like the feel of them in our hands and we like the way they look. From an environmental perspective animal fibers are a renewable source of warmth and protection. The farming of most fiber-producing animals is far kinder to the environment than the production of fibers from petroleum or those that involve a lot of chemical processing.
From a strictly utilitarian point of view animal fibers are warmer and insulate better than artificial fibers, making them a perfect choice for our caps. Also, most animal fibers will repel moisture or wick it away rather than retain it.
So yes, there's a lot of good reasons for us to use natural animal fibers in our caps. But more than anything else it's about the way these fibers look and feel. Hold a cap made from alpaca or cashmere in one of your hands and then hold a cap made from acrylic in the other and we think you'll easily understand the difference.