Nine Lives Twine

Nine Lives Twine
February 29, 2020 Christina Mullin

At Nine Lives Twine, you can have your cat and dog hair spun into yarn and woven into keepsakes like scarves or hats.

On Etsy, a community of artists offer a form of hand-spun healing called chiengora. The word is a portmanteau of “chien,” the French word for dog, as well as “angora,” the name given to yarn spun from the soft belly fur of the angora rabbit. “Catgora” is yarn from cats.

Though these products may sound strange, bereavement keepsakes made from hair aren’t new. Mourning jewelry fashioned from a braided lock of a loved one was fashionable in Victorian and Georgian times, worn as rings or in lockets.