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Qiviut is the Inuit word for the wool of musk oxen, and it is most commonly used for hats and scarves. The wool is softer than cashmere and doesn't shrink in water, so it's not surprising that it's very expensive! A qiviut scarf can sell for more than $300.
Unlike sheep, the musk oxen aren't sheared, which seems like a good thing considering how big the animals are. Instead, the oxen shed the wool and it is gathered during the molting season.
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I have to admit that I'd love to have a qiviut scarf, as I'm sure they are really cozy, but I'm not about to shell out $300 for one. It simply doesn't get that cold here in Cincinnati.
My A-Z theme of Alaska is inspired by my debut novel, Polar Night, which is set in Fairbanks and the Alaskan Arctic. Click here for all the info on the book.