The Best Qiviut Clothing & Blankets

Musk Ox - Qiviut

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

Yak wool is a more affordable alternative to Qiviut. Check out my list of Yak Wool clothes.

In Alaska, qiviut is obtained from farmed animals or gathered from the wild during the molt. Unlike sheep, the musk oxen are not sheared.

best qiviut
A Musk Ox or Umingmak

I’ve been testing Qiviut scarfs — this fiber’s combination of intense warmth and ultralight hand is unique.

Qiviut Blankets

Qiviut Jackets

Qiviut Sweaters

Qiviut Gloves

Qiviut Scarves / Stoles

Qiviut Beanies

Qiviut Socks

13 thoughts on “The Best Qiviut Clothing & Blankets”

  1. Qiviut is a very rare and highly prized sheep’s wool that is made in the Northwest Territories, Canada. It is the world’s only commercially-produced natural Arctic-wear, making it an incredibly valuable and sought after textile.

  2. Charlotte Larocque

    Do you make muskox felt? I am looking for a warmer material to make high quality Duffles socks for the inside of kamiks, and to line mukluks, mitts and moccasins. I currently use a radiant thermal layer and sheepskin but I would like less bulk.

    1. Charlotte Larocque

      The animals simply get a haircut…it is extremely humane and helps them cool off in the summer. It is helps their skin stay healthier. Northern temperatures are extreme…extremely cold in the winter and extremely hot in the summer.
      Please educate yourself before assuming the worst.

  3. Dear Sir or Madam,

    I am impressed on the facts that you have published about Qiviuk and other ultrafine fibers. We started transforming this wonderful fibre about 20 years ago and have managed to bring it to its fullest in a variety of garments and accessories, some of which you have covered in your magazine. Our sources are from Alaska, Canada and Greenland.

    I would welcome the opportunity to have a conversation and discuss some of the fascinating facts of this material and the Muskox. Furthermore we are also involved with Vicuna and Bison.

    Please feel free to contact me at (403) 762 5445 or on my cell (403) 760 9049.

    Sincerely yours


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