Wednesday, May 14, 2014
The French angora's fur has more guard hairs than the English angora (EA). As a result, products made from their wool may be irritating to some when worn up against the skin. The plus side to extra guard hairs that they prevent mats and make grooming considerably less cumbersome. The French angora produces approximately one-pound of wool each year. Their appearance is much different than the EA as they lack facial furnishings and ear tassels which does lead to an easier grooming process. On the show table, one thing that is unique to the French angora is that broken colors are accepted. For fiber artists it is important to understand, that their spun wool will naturally "bloom" as a result of the guard hairs. Thus projects with a large percentage of French angora wool will be quite fluffy.