With its soft texture and insulating, shape-keeping properties, camel hair is a luxurious fabric that was first brought to the mass market in 1919 by Jaeger with the introduction of their classic camel coat.
To protect them from the blazing sun and the massive temperature drop in the evenings, arab traders utilised camel hair over 1000 years ago to form yarn (average – 20 microns in diameter and varies in length from 2.5 to 12.5 cm) and turn it into one of the most highly prized fabrics of the orient. The bible makes a reference in Matthew 3:4: “John himself had a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist…” whilst its ability to keep wearers warm made it a necessity for soldiers sent to the arctic posts in Siberia.
Bactrian camels were found to have the best type of hair that was usually collected during moulting season in the late spring. Although it takes dye similarly to wool, clothing is usually produced with its natural colouring.
Supplier countries include Mongolia, New Zealand, Russia, China and Tibet.