Betty says, "I was flipping through my Chinese magazine Sunday Ming Weekly, 2010.11.28 issue; there is a three-page report about wool in fashion industry. At the corner of my eyes, I saw this very familiar photo: a photo that I took in 2003 of Chu's Ashton, BOB and Group winner in the 2003 ARBA convention. At the most unexpected places, I'd see my photos being used without permission and without credit!"
Translation of the description about Angora wool section:
5. The Lightest Wool Material
Angora (Angora rabbit wool)
Point of Origin: Chile
Animal that produces the wool: Angora rabbits.
Micron count: 12-16
Characteristic: airy, soft and slippery.
Weakness: No elastic memory.
In general, the descriptions are not too far from the facts except the "origin" part and the micron count seems to be off base.
I have read that Angora rabbits originated from Turkey, France or England, I have not heard about Angora rabbits originated from Chile. If it's referring to the current production, China has the highest volume of Angora wool produced. If any Angora wool were produced in Chile, it's a minuscule amount, so small that it's not even comparable to the US. If it's refering to the rabbit in the photo, it's from Morgan Hill, CA, USA, definitely not from Chile!!!!
Sunday Ming Weekly, though published in Millbrae, CA, the editing staff are based in Hong Kong, a part of China. It's quite surprising that the staff did not realize that China is the number one producer of Angora wool in the world at the current time.
As for the micron count, most believe that the range is closer to 10-12 rather than 12-16.