Story: Exotic farm animals

Possum-fibre scarf

Possum-fibre scarf

The Australian possum was released in New Zealand to establish a fur industry, but interest in the product was erratic. Demand has increased since the 1990s – between 2000 and 2005 prices for possum fibre doubled to $80 per kilogram, and then rose to $105 in 2007. This scarf – made from a mixture of possum fur, Merino wool and silk – is an example of the new fabrics being produced.

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Joanne Weaving Studio
Photograph by Joanne Peter

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How to cite this page:

Jim Esson, 'Exotic farm animals - Introducing animals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/18697/possum-fibre-scarf (accessed 15 November 2019)

Story by Jim Esson, published 24 Nov 2008