Camel Hair

Camel Hair is a fiber / fabric made from the soft under hair of the Bactrain Camel. It is a very lightweight and luxurious fabric. The quality of Camel hair fabric can vary a lot, as cheaper versions are produced by being blended with sheep’s wool or synthetic fibres. It was very popular in the 19th Century, and used mainly to make coats. Most Camel hair is used in its natural colour, but it can be dyed easily into a multitude of colours. The hair is collected in the summer months as the Camel shed its hair and some versions of camel hair are mixed with nylon to manufacture hosiery and other knotted garments.

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Written by Kelly Mitchell

Kelly Mitchell, extremely competent and reliable, she is currently in her third year at the University of Lincoln UK, studying Fashion. Kelly is responsible for the Fabrics, Fibers and Leathers sections of our Dictionary

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