Natural fibers from plants and animals have provided mankind with soft, comfortable apparel for over 8,000 years. The comfort of natural fibers afforded thousands of years ago to Stone Age hunters was one of the major contributions to human progress.
Today, natural fibers cannot be replaced with synthetic fibers. Wool, mohair and angora fibers repel rain and absorb up to 30% moisture without feeling damp. Animal fibers are fire resistant, having a high melting point. They also help prevent hypothermia in harsh weather.
Wool from sheep, goats, rabbits, llamas and alpacas is sheared in the spring and fall in many flocks and in rabbits, removed as needed, sometimes every four months. Harvesting the fiber from animals helps them remain healthy and provides people with marvelous natural fiber used for innumerable products.
Wool is beautiful in the ballroom, warm in the Antarctic, resilient in rugs, handsome and durable in drapes and upholstery and perfect for wonderful, warm, fuzzy, soft blankets. Cotton and linen provide comfort in clothing. They are marvelous for bedding and kitchen toweling and wash easily, releasing unwanted dirt and stains.
Because natural animal wool is resilient, made up of "coiled springs," long-wearing, lightweight, insulating, static-resistant and comfortable, synthetic fibers and fabric cannot be duplicate them. This rich beauty and versatility offers a vast array of fabrics, from gauzy crepes and lightweight worsted fabrics made from fine wool to the natural wonders of wool carpets made from coarse, tough wool.
Selective breeding programs in Missouri provide high quality animal and plant fibers. These produce the finest fiber in fleece form, roving, clothing and articles of natural beauty. These natural fibers are long lasting, comfortable to wear and are produced in 53 different fabrics.
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