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Photos by Evan Kafka and Yoko Morris. Anyone who knows me well, knows I love soft, silky, warm, cozy things. My spaces end up looking like nests, because lounging with all my necessaries at arms length is how I like to live.
In fact, at this moment, I am sitting on my couch, complete with goat hair pillows, a wool throw, a cotton throw, a silk tencel throw and bunny on my belly.
As you can see, not only do I adore comfort, but natural materials are preferred. Prior to working at Echoview, I was only raising Standard Rex rabbits, the traditional fur rabbit of France. I breed them as a healthy, lean source of meat for myself and my dog and I use all parts of the rabbit, including tanning the hides and macerating the bones. When I started working at Echoview, I was introduced to Angora Rabbit wool by way of an amazing skein of yarn Grace owned which was spun by the talented Martha Owens.
I was hooked! I thought it would be awesome to add some Angoras to my rabbitry, and have a source of warm, luxurious wool that was both renewable and relatively easy for me and the rabbit relatively easy compared to sheep, alpaca and goats… still not low maintenance!
I am going to tell you about the lovely rabbits but I do not recommend purchasing one even from a rescue until you talk to a competent breeder who can educate you on proper care. One of the coolest parts of raising Angoras, is when they do have babies, every kit can be a different color! Since French and German Angoras have more guard hairs, their coloring is more intense and varied over English and Satin, as that fur where most of the coloring of the rabbit comes from.
The genetics of rabbit color is complicated, but is based on just five basic genes. The five basic gene locations act on only two colors, black and yellow, and just change how those colors are expressed in the rabbits fur.
The expressed color is a function of how much black or yellow pigment exists in the hair, which can change not only from hair to hair, but also along the length of a single hair. In rabbits, there can be as many as five bands of color on a single hair.
There are many variations Seriously need little blue male Angora these colors, so you can imagine, every nest box can be a surprise! I actually shear my French Angoras as well, because seriously, who has time to pluck a rabbit! Yes, they may get annoyed, or even scared. When shearing, I usually put the rabbit on my lap, with the nest of tools around me, and try to do it as quickly as possible. I try to get it done in about an hour, because otherwise, the Angora gets annoyed and will start nipping, digging and trying to hop away.
No screaming, no thrashing, just regular bunny behavior. Well, the rabbit looks ridiculous, but the wool is amazing! I bag it up and hold onto it in this cool old trunk I papered. When I am ready, I will pull it out and spin it up. The wool is so warm, I add a tiny bit at a time to other fibers, such as merino, other sheeps wool, alpaca, yak and a touch of sparkle! That works especially well with Angora, as I think it works best straight off the rabbit with no processing. Cart 0.
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