Moose Hair

Huron moccasins, c. 1800 AD, with moose hair tassels. Huron moccasins, c. 1800 AD, with moose hair tassels.

Hair from a North American animal, the moose, has traditionally been used as a textile fibre and thread. In North America, moose hair was particularly used in the northeast of the continent. Moose are known as elk in Eurasia and have the species name of Alces alces. It is the largest member of the deer family.

The hair used for decorative needlework generally comes from the neck and cheeks of the animal. The hair was and is used both in its natural white state and/or dyed.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 27 June 2016).

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