Fiber Basics: Bactrian Camel

THE FIRST TIME a box of camel fiber arrived in the mail for me, I opened the box, stuck my hand into the middle of the fiber, and thought, “This is so warm and cozy.” I couldn’t wait to spin that fiber. It was not just very nice, but special, because it came from a friend’s camels. She is a spinner and knitter and is careful to remove the fibers at the optimum time and to clean and process them well. Although there is a greater mix of fiber diameters in her raw and processed fibers than in commercially processed batts and top, the variation gives the spinner a better sense of traditionally made camel yarns and products.

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