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Comparing Horse Fibres

For those of you who haven’t used local horse fibre before, I thought it would be interesting to show you how it differs from the Chinese fibres.

In the video below you can see an image of Chinese fibres. Most suppliers send them in small bundles which you can then cut to the desired size. It reminds me of synthetic dolls hair – quite soft and swishy.


If we compare this to the locally source horse tail – its very different. The local fibre is noticeable thicker, courser – almost wire like.

When we try to cut them – the difference is clear. The Chinese fibres are very easy to cut compared to the local fibre. I've linked below to some research which shows that this difference in strength is due to the bleaching process.

Most of us use animal fibre because its tried and test for hundreds, if not thousands of years. But what we are using now – to me, seems like a very different material. I’d be interested if anyone knows if the strength of horse fibres changes depending on the breed? Please do share your thoughts.

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