Some Thoughts About
Natural Animal Fibers
We use mostly natural animal fibers in our caps and nekkers for a number of reasons. The most important reason I guess is because we like the feel of them in our hands and we like the way they look. From an environmental perspective animal fibers are a renewable source of warmth and protection. The farming of most fiber-producing animals is far kinder to the environment than the production of fibers from petroleum or those that involve a lot of chemical processing.
From a strictly utilitarian point of view animal fibers are warmer and insulate better than artificial fibers, making them a perfect choice for our caps. Also, most animal fibers will repel moisture or wick it away rather than retain it.
So yes, there's a lot of good reasons for us to use natural animal fibers in our caps. But more than anything else it's about the way these fibers look and feel. Hold a cap made from alpaca or cashmere in one of your hands and then hold a cap made from acrylic in the other and we think you'll easily understand the difference.