Underrated Fiber Series: Bison Wool

by Justin Thomas •

In our underrated fiber series, we will be featuring products made with wool from alpacas, llamas, vicunas, bison, musk oxen, and yaks.

Let’s start this series off by looking at Bison wool, which is harvested from buffalo in Colorado and South Dakota each spring, when the animals shed their fur. Bisons were almost driven to extinction, but today they are making a modest comeback, with several ranches raising Bison for their meat, and a few ranches harvesting their fiber as well. You can read more about Bison wool the Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook, a great reference on specialty animal fibers.

These Bison Wool Cap And Gloves  featured here are knit from the downy undercoat of the American Bison. Bison wool has a unique combination of being very durable but also very soft. The gloves are  lightweight and can absorb moisture without feeling damp. It has a moisture regain of about 30%, compared to 18% for wool, this means that even when saturated, the fiber draws moisture away from your skin.

You can also find fingerless Bison wool gloves.

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