The textile and fashion industry must become more sustainable. With this aim, the young brand modus intarsia, Berlin/Germany, has developed an innovative sustainable yarn: A yarn was produced from the undercoat of dogs, which is normally combed out and ends up in the trash. Fashion designer Ann Cathrin Schönrock came up with the idea, and textile engineer Franziska Uhl from Reutlingen University, Reutlingen/Germany, together with scientists at the German Institutes for Textile and Fiber Research Denkendorf (DITF), Denkendorf/Germany, tested the developed yarn on industrial machines and produced it on a larger scale.
Chiengora is what they call the cashmere-like yarn – “chien”, French for “dog”, and “gora” in reference to the fine angora that originally comes from rabbits. The yarn has the advantage over cashmere in that the raw material does not have to be flown in from Mongolia, and the animals are not bred and kept for wool production. The raw material for the yarn is produced incidentally during daily animal care, especially when the animals shed their winter coats in the spring.
In Germany alone, there are more than 10.4 million dogs. Currently, more than 1,000 tons of dog undercoat end up in the garbage every year throughout Europe. Even if not all dog breeds have suitable undercoats, the potential is great.