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Old 10-27-2017, 02:07 AM
 
Location: interior Alaska
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I thought qiviut was pretty durable.
The fiber itself is, but because it's so expensive the pieces that are made with it are often very thin and lacy. A thicker, more sturdy garment made of qiviut would be extremely expensive to purchase.

Raw qiviut fresh off the muskox is hundreds of dollars a pound, and cleaned, combed and spun qiviut is even more. A muskox only produces a few pounds per year, too, so it's not like it's going to replace furs anytime soon, just on availability.

If you see "bargain" priced qiviut products it's likely a silk-qiviut blend. Silk's a breathable material that's good against the wind, so that's not necessarily a bad thing, but it's not as insulating as pure qiviut is.
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Old 10-27-2017, 03:28 AM
 
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The fiber itself is, but because it's so expensive the pieces that are made with it are often very thin and lacy. A thicker, more sturdy garment made of qiviut would be extremely expensive to purchase.
The traditional stance seems to be that garments made from qiviut are thin and lacy because they would otherwise be too hot even in subzero temps. That's been my personal experience as well.

Certain furs are far more expensive, btw.

Sure, an extremely small minority of you prefer fur in your protective gear, but that isn't what's driving the industry.

I find it laughable that it's described by some as a "renewable resource" when certain species such as lynx have been damn near trapped out of existence.

I don't see what's so hard about wearing fur that's sourced from whole-animal harvests as opposed to supporting these trap lines.

Not sure how I managed to avoid ending up as a human popsicle in the interior without decking myself out in lynx and arctic fox.
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Old 10-27-2017, 07:52 AM
 
Location: NP
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I knew a couple of trappers in the interior. Both had done hard time for something ghastly, I'm sure, and both had noticeable issues with firewater as well as lacked basic knowledge of manners and hygiene.
Having spent time in the Interior, you would know that this isn't limited to just trappers!
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Old 10-27-2017, 03:29 PM
 
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I'm not a trapper. I've only shot one fur bearing animal in my life. A fox. I have checked beaver traps, and the pelts were used, but so was the meat.

Our Marten hat was obtained in a trade for a musical instrument.
As far as lynx, I've seen two in my life. One was caught in a trap line our school ran. I ate the meat. It's good. The other I saw this moose season. I watched him for about twenty minutes amazed at how calm we both were. I took plenty of pictures with my phone.
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