Churro Wool Lot 1
Churro wool is typically classified as a coarse wool. It has remarkable durability, and is mainly used for weaving rugs and blankets, although some fiber artists have also used it for outerwear. The fiber of inner coat of the sheep ranges from 10-35 microns in width, while the outer coat usually exceeds 35 microns.
In the 1860’s the Navajo Churro population was nearly destroyed as part of the U.S. Government’s efforts to subjugate the Navajo people. Attempts to control rangeland erosion led to further slaughter of the flocks until by the mid 1930’s only about 450 remained. An effort was made to protect the breed from extinction, especially among the traditional herders and weavers of the Southwest and the population now numbers around 6,000.
This 15oz lot is a natural brown with stands of gray. A gift from Jason's mother the wool was produced from this ancient breed of sheep on a ranch outside of Lander, Wyoming, a short distance from her home.