Dehairing Your Fibers
Buffalo fiber should be at least 4” or longer. Less than 4” is difficult to dehair, and greater loss of fiber in the dehairing process.
Some fibers need to be dehaired to get out the guard hairs that make the product too coarse to wear. We have a new dehairing machine that provides that service. This is suited best for Llama, Cashmere, Camel, Qiviut, etc. (Fibers that have coarse unmanageable hair.).
Cashmere and Musk Ox may noil or pill in the dehairing process.
The dehairing service involves washing, picking, carding and two passes through the dehairing machine. As much as 99% dehairing will take place from the fiber. The fiber loss is usually around 50%. The return includes the by product which may have use in other applications such as felting and the dehaired fiber which can then be made into roving, batting, pencil roving, combed top or yarn.
The price then will be the pre-washed price for the individual service (procedure).
No minimum fiber is required. 4-6 inch staple length works the best for maximum dehairing. Staple length of 7 inches or more can be dehaired, but some guard hairs will remain in fiber. The process includes washing, picking, pre-carding and up to 1 pass through our 4-section dehairing machine.
If the fiber requires 1 more pass, than an additional $5.00 per lb. will be added based on net weight of dehaired fiber.
Raw Fibers – $13.00 per lb. Under 3# $23.00 per lb.
Prewashed Fibers – $11.00 per lb. Under 3# $21.00 per lb.
Contact Zeilinger Wool for information on Dehairing