Types of Camel Fiber For Sale
- Processed and De-Haired Luxurious Camel Fiber
- Processed Camel Fiber
- Camel Hair By-Product
- Raw Camel Fiber
Our luxurious camel fleece is completely processed and de-haired at Zellinger Wool Company in Frankenmuth, Michigan. We also have some processed product available that was not de-haired.
Our camel hair by-product is a portion of the fleece that is the result of the de-hairing process. It is said to be excellent for felting.
Of course we have raw fiber for sale as well.
Camel Fiber Information
A camel can produce around 5 pounds of hair a year. The specialty animal fiber is collected by a number of methods including combing, shearing, and collecting the hair shed naturally during the moulting season. During the moulting season the hair falls off first from the neck, then the mane and lastly the body hair. The moulting season occurs in late spring and is a process that takes six to eight weeks.
There are five primary steps to the production of camel hair; collection, sorting, dehairing, spinning, and weaving or knitting. After collecting the hair either through shearing or collecting during the moulting season the hair goes through a sorting method. In this process the coarse hair is separated from the fine, soft hairs. The fibres are then washed to remove any dirt or debris obtained from the collection process. The sorted and washed hair is then dehaired. This process removes the coarse hair and any dandruff or vegetable matter before it is sent to be spun into yarn and used for either weaving or knitting.
Camel's hair is also a fibre that supplies warmth without added weight. The hair contains thermostatic properties which can protect and insulate the camel from the extreme cold conditions as well as keeping them cool in the desert. The same properties and characteristics are transferred when making fabrics woven from camel hair.
The fine fur of the camel hair are often blended with fine wool to create fabrics for men's and women's coats, jackets and blazers, skirts, hosiery, sweaters, gloves, scarves, mufflers, and caps and robes. The long coarser hair removed in the dehairing process is also used which can be made into carpet backing as well as waterproof coats that are very warm for colder climates.