Originally Posted by Artisan Fan
What is Qiviuk? Is it a fiber or a brand or both?
Qiviuk is the inner down of the Canadian Arctic Muskox. It is a fiber of exceptional quality. Noticeably softer and lighter than cashmere, and 8 times warmer than wool. The Muskox is one of the Arctic's most valuable resources.
The muskox is a prehistoric animal, still alive and thriving today. Their survival through the last ice age was largely due to their remarkable coat. An outer layer (the guard hair sometimes as long as 24 inches) and inner layer, shield them from minus 50 degree C temperature. Because of their shaggy coats, muskoxen appear to be massive animals; in fact, they rarely grow more than chest high to a human. In May, when arctic temperature begins to rise, muskoxen shed their inner coats, and the tundra becomes littered the precious fleece.
With proper care and protection they have made a steady comeback, both in numbers and in occupied range. The herds are monitored by the Canadian government, protected by the Inuvialuit Group of the Northwest Territories, and managed in a way that combines tradition and sustainability, ensuring their unthreatened existence.
But if the US government and other leading economies don't do anything to limit carbon emission, global warming will continue its trend, the muskox will destine to extinct. Qiviuk fabric will be even more expensive.