Pihepe yarn made on the Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
Organically grown and scoured yarn, made from a blend of Pihepe, Bohepe and cashmere. This special yarn is airy and lightweight, yet gently holds its shape. The fibre is able to stretch, then return to it's original position without losing shape. The high curvature of these fibres intertwine allowing the yarn to be less tightly spun while holding the lustrous fibres in place. The yarn and garments made from it, will be soft and have exceptional loft.
Pitt Island wild sheep, named Pihepe, originate from Saxony merinos. They were sent to Pitt Island in the Chatham Islands off the east coast of New Zealand in 1841 and have been thriving in this challenging environment, with little human contact since then. They are a small breed and only carry about 1kg of wool on their back, allowing them to be agile and roam wild.
The Pihepe and Bohepe used for this yarn are pasture raised and grazed in on the Banks Peninsula, Canterbury. They receive no chemical treatment, inoculation or antibiotics in their lifetime and their tails are left as nature intended, wagging behind them. They are shorn once a year in the summer, ensuring they can keep warm through the winter months.