Fun Fiber Facts for Everyone

Did you know that vicuña sells from around $1,000 to $3,000 per yard of woven fabric? How many spiders does it take to produce one ounce of spider silk? What is Devil’s cotton? What is Kapok? Did you know that it is a tree native to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, northern South America, and tropical West Africa, and it is cultivated for the cotton-like fiber of its seed pods, called Java cotton, Java kapok, silk-cotton, Samauma, or ceiba?

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Lanolin, Wax, and Grease

Spinners use all three terms interchangeably to describe secretions that coat the outside of fibers. Source: Smith, Beth. The Spinner’s Book of Fleece. North Adams, Massachusetts: Storey Publishing, 2014.

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