Lady Selkirk from the Scottish Highlands migrated to Red River, Manitoba Canada
Lady Selkirk’s interests in the fur trade and Red River did not end with the death of her husband. One of her last documented services to the settlement came between 1824 and 1826, when she applied her energies to the needs of the Buffalo Wool Company. That company had been set up in Red River in 1820 with the initial idea (probably Lord Selkirk’s) of shearing the hair of the buffalo, sending it to Britain, and weaving it into a unique. There was no problem obtaining the hair. A single buffalo hide produced two to three pounds of quality hair for weaving, as well as three or four more pounds of hair that could be used to make blankets and stuff mattresses. Three hundred pounds of fine hair—the company preferred to call it “wool”—was sent to Britain in 1821. The wool, however, was not a great success, since it was processed the same and compared to the “wool” of sheep.
Lady Selkirk with one of the leading Scottish woolen manufacturers, Wellstood and Ogilvie, worked with various experiments at making the buffalo wool useable. “Surely fashion-conscious women would want shawls and garments made of this exotic material”, argued Lady Selkirk. It was discovered, after much trial and error, that the wool could be mixed with silk and made considerably more manageable. A stocking manufacturer reported that the wool blended with silk could be made up into “beautiful ladies’ stockings”. But once again, there proved to be only a limited market for expensive funeral shawls and warm stockings with a rough and scratchy finish. Lady Selkirk herself wore them in public with pride.
Today The Buffalo Wool Company has mastered the dehairing process and rediscovered the wonderful soft down the bison provides that Lady Selkirk wasn't able to achieve. We want to share with you, her legendary spirit with this beautiful color way that reflects her Scottish Highlands pride; a golden yellow, green to a light smoky grey
Sleek, shiny, soft, and yes, very very Sexy, this blend of 50% bison down and 50% bombyx silk, is 400+ yards of laceweight goodness, per 50g skein me your next heirloom piece. Will substitute perfectly into any pattern that uses "Lux" or "Heaven"
Please read more about this extraordinary women at http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/mb_history/38/ladyselkirk.shtml