Baby Camel/ 18.5 micron merino/Mulberry silk 50/25/25 custom blended combed top (says roving in title for search engine purposes) Hand Dyed. Photographed with flash setting.
Alan Ladd ooak (one of a kind) Colorway
This update with all ooaks has names of classic film actors
Baby Camel hair is considered to be a luxury fiber in its de-haired form with a micron count of 17-19. The Bactrian (two humped) camel produces an undercoat of soft strong fiber and a coarse outer coat of strong fiber. The animal sheds its hair every year and this is collected by the herdsmen. The fiber from the soft undercoat is prized for use in coatings and other fabrics. This is obtained commercially in a carding process, known as de-hairing. This process is slow and expensive. The resulting fiber can then be used 100% or in blends with wool. The fiber has similar properties to wool and is warm in cold weather.
Merino Wool Top - natural color, staple length averages 75-80 mm, micron 18.5. This Merino is from South Africa (Cape) or South America depending on availability and is from non-mulsed sheep.
Mulberry Silk is also known as Bombyx silk or Cultivated Silk. I consider it to be one of the best quality silks you can buy. It is produced from the silk worms of the Bombyx Mori Moth. Their diet consists of Mulberry leaves. Mulberry silk is produced in a controlled warm environment.
DYES: This combed top may retain some residual color from the dyeing process. Washing will not affect the level of color in your fiber. Since heavy metals are not used in these dyes some colors such as pink and turquoise may run slightly when washed. This is not a matter of too much dye being used. I recommend washing all hand dyed items separately.
WASHING: For washing this fiber please use room temperature water. Please do NOT agitate which can and will felt wool. You may use a wool wash if you wish. If water is warm at all please let cool to room temp before removing fiber.
PHOTOGRAPHS: All photographs have been done with a flash setting. Please note that flash does make silk sparkle and can lighten the photo. I have made adjustments through a photo edit service to have the best color accuracy. PLEASE NOTE - that I have NO control over the differences from color monitor to color monitor. Mine is calibrated for color but that is not going to make your monitor more accurate or the brightness of your lighting in your computer.
STORAGE: All fiber is braided and sealed in plastic. This is great for saving space and for easy transport. If you are going to store your fiber, store it loosely and allow it to breathe. Otherwise wool can compress and even felt if left sealed in plastic. It is best to store away from heat, sunlight, and moisture.
My business is in my pet friendly smoke free home. The dye studio and fiber rooms are pet free.