Fiordland House have had long relationships with some of the leading Possum/Merino knitwear companies. This is the mainstay of our business and we are mindful of the benefits of using natural products and the quality that is achieved while manufacturing products in NZ. We also have a variety of leisurewear brands to cater for locals and travellers who need some practical outdoor gear to enjoy the Te Anau and Fiordland area.
Natural Fibres are naturally amazing
Natural fibres breathe to keep you warm in the cold and cool when it is hot.
Grown in the high country throughout the South Island, New Zealand fine merino wool is much finer than other wool therefore there is no itchy feeling and most people are able to wear merino comfortably against the skin. It does not pill, lose shape or attract body odours.
The Brushtail Possum is one of only 3 animals in the world that have a hollow fibre fur which allows air to be trapped inside and therefore hold the warmth inside the garment where it is needed. The other 2 animals with this insulating fur are the polar bear and the caribou or reindeer. The hollow fibre has an extremely high warmth to weight ratio as air is trapped both within the fibre and the fabric. When blended with fine Merino wool it creates a luxuriously soft, lightweight and very warm garment.
The Brushtail Possum is also an introduced animal to NZ and has proved to be a destroyer of forests which reduces habitat for our native species as well as contributing directly to the extinction of native species due to predation of eggs and chicks. It is therefore classed as a pest species in NZ which makes it a target for control and eradication. The Possum has to die to save our environment and it was from this opportunity that technology was developed to combine the short fur with merino wool to create an incredibly warm and soft feeling yarn which can be knitted into a range of garments and accessories. The possum fur trade has become a viable eco-fur.
Merino/Possum fabric is an environmentally conscious choice – wearing a Merino/Possum garment allows you to contribute towards a sustainable future for New Zealand’s flora and fauna.
Silk is a natural insulator, providing thermal warmth in cooler temperatures. Silk clothing also highly breathable, releasing warmth and moisture to keep you cool in hot climates.
Angora fibre refers to the downy coat produced by the Angora rabbit. While their names are similar, Angora fibre is distinct from mohair which comes from theAngora goat. Angora is known for its softness, thin fibres, fluffiness and silky texture. It is much warmer and lighter than wool so is an excellent addition to a natural fibre product.