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100% MINK Yarn and Natural Blends

© Canadian Museum of Nature, American Mink
The Mink

Mink hairs are rather short, but very thick and soft. Mink change their fleece about 3 times per year. For cutting the fleece, farmers handle the mink with gloves, cut the fibre by hand and then sell the fibre to combing mill. The mink fibre is cut and combed from live animals, like angora from rabbits or cashmere from goats.
No animals are hurt during the production of the yarn - the mink hair is hand stripped off the animal and then spun into the yarn. For the animal, it probably feels like brushing (similar to regular brushing for cats) or a gentle massage.

Yarns made of mink hair are beautiful, extremely soft, and very delicate - mink fiber must be spun with another, stronger fiber such as wool or silk, or, if it is 100% Mink - we would suggest to combine the mink with another yarn to obtain enough strength in the finished project.

The natural wild colour of mink's fur is a glossy dark brown. Commercial farming selectively bred much paler colours, and mink furs come in many other natural colours, such as Black, Mahogany, Pastel, Demi Buff, Aleutian (Iris), Sapphire and White. Mink are aggressive animals and must be handled with care. They bite readily and are handled with thick leather mitts. Wild mink spend up to 80% of their time in their dens, sleeping, grooming and eating food they have carried home. Reference: The Canadian Encyclopedia.com

Note for United States Animal Rights Activists: Please be advised that minks are not killed in mink yarn production. The mink fibre is cut and combed from live animals similar to angora rabbit fiber, camel wool (or collected from the ground as camels shed their fiber), cashmere goat downhair, or even regular wool. We sell yarns, not fur. For more information, please contact www.bortnfreeusa.org or read Born Free USA's Report Fur Farming in North America »: "United States is the fifth largest mink producing country in the world. In terms of animal lives this amounts to approximately 3 million farm-raised mink killed annually for their pelts. Additionally, approximately 660,000 breeding female mink are held on U.S. fur farms."

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