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, the 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 offer 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 Beanie by Qiviuk — $259
- 100% Qiviut Beanie by AbsoluteQiviut — $220
- 100% Qiviut Beanie by Cottage Craft Angora Mill — $220
- 100% Qiviut Socks by Qiviuk — $89 to $239