Qiviut (pronounced “kiv-ee-ute”) is the name for the downy hair of the musk ox. It is the warmest fiber in the world — about eight times as warm as sheep’s wool.
Muskoxen live in Alaska and Canada, where temperatures sometimes drop to –100ºF (-73ºC), so they need protection. The Inuktitut name for the musk ox is “umingmak” meaning the “bearded one.”
Qiviut is an ultralight fiber and very soft fiber too. However, there is a limited amount of Qiviut produced every year, so it’s expensive.
Less Expensive Alternative: Yak Wool
In Alaska, qiviut is obtained from farmed animals or gathered from the wild during the molt. Unlike sheep, musk oxen are not sheared.
I’ve been testing Qiviut scarfs — this fiber’s combination of intense warmth and ultralight hand is unique.
- Qiviut Jacket by Qiviut and Co. Shop — £875 ($1125 USD)
- Qiviuk offers a range of sweaters — prices range from $1300 to $2600
- 100% Qiviut Sweater by MountainMasche — $1348
- 100% Qiviut Gloves by Qiviuk – $249
Qiviut Scarves / Stoles
- 100% Qiviut Scarves by Qiviuk — $109 to $1029
- 80% Qiviut Scarf by Qiviut & Co. — 80% Greenland qiviut, 20% superfine merino — £155 ($202 USD)
- 100% Qiviut Stoles by Oomingmak — $300
- 100% Qiviut Stole by David Morgan — $440
- 100% Qiviut Socks by Qiviuk — $89 to $239