13 December 2012

Angora Wool

Angora rabbit
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Angora wool refers to the downy coat produced by the Angora rabbit.

Angora wool (AKA Angora fiber) is distinct from mohair, which comes from the Angora goat. It is sometimes confused with cashmere, which comes from the cashmere goat.

This wool is known for its silky softness, thin fibers, and what knitters refer to as a halo (fluffiness). It is warmer and lighter than wool due to the hollow core of the angora fiber.

This type of wool gets its name from Angora, a city in central Turkey which gave its name to the goat (1745 in English), and to its silk-like wool, and to a cat whose fur resembles it (1771 in English). The city's name is from the Greek word for "anchor, bend"

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