Washable camel insulation
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The camel (Camelus Bactrianus) belongs to the family of Camelidi. This animal lives principally in south-east and central Asia, in the regions which include Mongolia, China and Gobi Desert. This type of animal which can reach 4 meters in height, offers one of the most interesting fibres for insulations and fabrics.
The gathering of this fibre is done with combing, shearing or with the recollection by hand of the fibre itself during the annual moult which occurs in late spring, during which most of the hair falls from the neck and can last up to eight weeks.
The fibre of the Bactrian Camel is about 20 microns in diameter and has a length from 2.5 up to 12.5 cm. The finer, softest and most luxurious fibre, called Baby Camelhair, is gathered from the camel when it is still a puppy, and is about 16/18 microns. Thanks to its finesses and quality, Camelhair insulation is often considered an excellent substitute to Cashmere fibre, due also to the desert habitat in which the animals live, that submit them to frequent temperature changes, making their fur a great thermoregulator. Camelhair, with a light golden brown colour, due to its thermal properties which can provide warmth with light weight, has become an excellent product in clothing. Its softness and finesse make it a wonderful product capable to absorb great amounts of heated air, transforming the fibre in a perfect insulation for wintertime. Furthermore, being hygroscopic, ensure moisture absorption keeping the body dry and thus promoting physical wellness.
- Animal friendly / No mulesing
- Moisture management
- Washable up to 40°C
- Chlorine-free / washability treatment / Environmentally friendly