Chestnut Agouti English Angora Rabbit Wool from River (Oryctolagus cuniculus)
My handsome buck River is a pure breed of Angora rabbit known as an English Angora. His coloring is called Chestnut Agouti. His beautiful wool is a rich chestnut, ticked with black tipped guard hairs. His wool has bands of tan, alternating with slate, and a blue-gray under color. I collect his fibers when it naturally sheds by a combination of combing and gentle hand pulling.
I have included photos of River in his coat in normal conditions, plus in his coat under the blower which opens the coat & allows you to see to the skin. I have also provided a close up of River in coat to help you see how the fibers are different from tip to root and the overall natural variations.
- Length: Approx. 4" inches / 10.16 centimeters
- Micron Count: 14.0
Angora rabbits need regular grooming and occasional pulling. It is easy to tell when they need to be pulled (about every 100 days) because they start to shed terribly and their wool comes out very easy. If it is hard to pull, it is not time to pull. Simple as that. In the warmer months my bunnies appreciate me reducing their thick warm coat. Angora wool is 9 times warmer than sheep wool.
Fiber that has been hand pulled from the rabbit is superior over shaved or clipped wool. Not only are the fibers longer, stronger and healthier; allergens are released when the hair shaft is cut or broken (as would be the case in rabbits that are shaven). So if you find you are allergic to Angora this might be why. Try pulled wool instead.
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