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Possum Blends

Our signature possum blends are simply exquisite to wear. You'll be kept warm and comforted by these almost weightless garments, which resist pilling and perform, wear after wear, year after year. 

Ecopossum™

Ecopossum™ is our signature blend of fine merino wool, luxurious Brushtail possum fibre, Mulberry silk, with a little angora added sometimes to achieve lighter colours. It offers exceptional durability and unrivalled warmth.

Why it's good for you:

  • Warmth without weight — This stunning yarn combination creates featherweight garments that are super cosy. All the warmth you want on a chilly day without any weight or bulk.
  • Pill-resistant — Because Brushtail possum fibre has a hollow structure and no scales, our Ecopossum knitwear won't pill (rub), so cared for correctly, it will stay looking like the day you bought it. 
  • Anti-microbial and odour resistant — Ecopossum™ has naturally in-built resistance to odour and only needs washing every few wears.

Why it's good for the planet:

  • Reduces the use of nasty chemicals in our environment — Legally classified as pests, the Brushtail possum is New Zealand’s biggest ecological threat. It is only found in Australasia and was introduced to New Zealand in 1837 from Australia. In their native Australian environment, possums do not pose a threat, but in New Zealand they have no natural predators. Much of the control of possums has been through broadcast toxic chemicals, which New Zealand wants to reduce or eliminate. By utilising Brushtail possum fibre, we are helping to minimise the impact of these pests on native flora and fauna without the use of toxic chemicals.

Why are possums a threat?

  • Possums eat their way through 17,000 tonnes of native vegetation each night, leaving just bare branches.
  • The damage is so severe, possums can kill entire forests by defoliation within 20 years.
  • With no flowers, berries or nectar left, native bird populations have nothing to eat
  • Possums are omnivores and also consume the eggs and chicks of our endangered native bird species.
  • They attack adult birds in the nest in order to reach the chicks and eggs.
  • Several new species of native birds have become endangered, largely due to possums.
  • They prey upon our rare native invertebrates such as weta and land snails.

Kapua™

Our coveted Kapua™ blend is created by combining beautifully fine cashmere and silk with the finest of fibres that form the fine downy undercoat of the Brushtail possum (present only during the harshest winter months).

Why it's good for you:

  • Soft on skin — With an incredibly soft handle, Kapua™ garments are a dream to wear. Even when worn next to bare skin, they won’t itch or prickle.
  • Warmth without weight — It will keep you cosy without weighing you down. If you could wear a cloud, this is what we think it would feel like!
  • Pill resistant — Kapua™ garments resist pilling (rubbing), so it keeps its 'like new' looks for a long time. looked after properly, you can enjoy wearing it for years, even decades.
  • Odour resistant — Naturally resistant to odour, Kapua™ only needs washing every few wears.

Why it's good for the planet:

  • Reduces the use of nasty chemicals — Legally classified as pests, the Brushtail possum is New Zealand’s biggest ecological threat. By utilising Brushtail possum fibre, we are helping to minimise the impact of these pests on native flora and fauna without the use of nasty toxic chemicals.
  • Biodegradable — Kapua™ will naturally decompose when returned to the earth.

Cassum™

Crafted in our Christchurch workrooms, our Cassum™ knitwear is created from an exclusive blend of 15 micron ZQ certified merino, luxurious cashmere and premium quality possum fibre from the fine downy undercoat of the possum (present only during the harshest winter months). A touch of Mulberry silk is added for durability.

Why it's good for you:

  • Soft on skin — Cassum™ has an incredibly soft handle and is extremely comfortable to wear. It won’t itch or prickle and offers exceptional warmth without weight.
  • Pill resistant — Cassum™ won't pill or rub. This enduring knitwear has exceptional performance characteristics that mean it will stay looking great, wear after wear.
  • Anti-microbial and odour resistant — It will naturally resist odour, reducing the need for too much washing.

Why it's good for the planet:

  • Reduces the use of nasty chemicals — Legally classified as pests, the Brushtail possum is New Zealand’s biggest ecological threat. By utilising Brushtail possum fibre, we are helping to minimise the impact of these pests on native flora and fauna without the use of nasty toxic chemicals.
  • Renewable and biodegradable — Merino and cashmere are regenerative natural fibres and naturally decompose adding nutrients back into the earth at the end of their life.

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