The word was originally used to refer to the down feathers of birds as well as the inner wool of the muskox It is valued for its use as a fiber as, unlike sheep’s wool, it does not shrink in water at any temperature. (However, this means that it also is not useful for felting.) It is most commonly used for hats and scarves, and is among the softest wools. It is very expensive; a high quality knitted scarf can cost more than 3000 kr. but will last over 20 years with good care.
The muskox has a two-layered coat, and qiviut refers specifically to the soft underwool beneath the longer outer wool. The muskox sheds this layer of wool each spring. Most of the commercially available qiviut comes from hunting. The wool producers buys the hides from the hunters. The meat is sold to restaurants, markets and production. When the hides are dried and stretched on big crushes the wool are taken out of the hides, a very long, careful and also physically demanding process. But everything is done here in Greenland and have created jobs locally.
In smaller scale the wool can also be gathered from objects the animals have brushed against; unlike sheep, the animals are not sheared. 
Qiviut is stronger and warmer than sheep’s wool and softer than cashmere wool. The Muskox have qiviut fibers approximately 18 micrometres in diameter. Females and young animals have slightly finer wool.

Qiviut means musk ox wool and is the name of one of Greenland’s most successful privately own export companies in newer times.

Anita Høegh, who owns Qiviut, is one of the pioneers in this production, so you will never get a chance to come closer to the pure production and respect of the material, as you can by visiting Qiviut. Qiviut doesn’t only produce wool and wool products for many places in Greenland – they also export big amounts abroad.

Companies specializing i Musk Ox wool

Anita Høegh, entrepreneur and owner of Qiviut in Sisimiut in Greenland (1)

Qiviut means musk ox wool and is the name of one of Greenland’s most successful privately own export companies in newer times.

Besides musk ox wool products, they design and produce modern clothing and accessories in sealskin in their own workshop. Qiviut has stores in both Sisimiut and Nuuk. The company is based in Sisimiut. Its here the magic happens with designs and development, and a workshop with production of both musk products and sealskin clothing and accessories.
Musk ox wool is an absolutely amazing material, that was only discovered in modern times and which is now being exploited in Greenland.