All fiber harvested and sold is unwashed, premium quality
Fiber From Raisin
Average fiber length 5-6 inches
Fiber From Pneuche
Average fiber length 4-6 inches
Fiber From Flower
Average fiber length 6-7 inches
Angora Rabbit wool is
considered a luxury fiber.
The wool is silkier, finer,
and softer than cashmere.
It has the most luster and
sheen than any other
Angora Rabbit’s fiber is hollow.
This makes it extremely
lightweight and comfortable
without sacrificing necessary
warmth. Resulting in Angora
Rabbit wool being 7x warmer
than standard sheep wool.
Angora Rabbit fiber has no noticeable effect on people who are allergic to wool.
It is believed that angora wool has therapeutic effects against rheumatism.
There are four breeds of Angora Rabbits that are recognized by the American Rabbit Breeder's Association (ARBA). Of these, the Satin Angora Rabbit is the rarest. A Satin Angora Rabbit will only produce around 8 oz of wool per year. This is the least amount of wool produced annually of all Angora Rabbits.
Satin Angora Rabbits' collagen cells are more densely constructed than other Angora Rabbits. This makes satinized wool the strongest of all angora fibers. The satinized hair shaft is also narrower and translucent, resulting in a richer color. These aspects together create a fiber that has increased strength despite a more fragile appearance.
There are three ways of harvesting fiber – plucking, shearing & combing. At Obscure Acres we choose to pluck our rabbits. “Plucking” a rabbit's fiber unfortunately can leave a bad impression with some. This is secondary to media showing unethical commercial fiber farmers who have been caught restraining animals, then ripping the fur off when the rabbit usn't molting. This leaves the rabbit in a bloody mess. This practice is NOT at all how plucking is done, or should EVER be done. Because of these “farmers” many people think it is not possible to have humanely harvested Angora. That is simply not true, you just have to know your source. Plucking the fiber does not actually mean you are pulling the rabbit’s hair out of the skin. Nor does hand plucking involve a blade. Rather it utilizes the natural shedding process that the rabbits undergo twice a year. It is actually the gentlest (but most time consuming) of the three options.
Hand plucked wool is more desirable because it does not have a blunt end where it has been cut. Retaining its natural texture at each end, and ensuring optimal length makes the hand plucked fiber much easier to spin.