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A skein of yarn, enough to knit a pair of socks, made from the underdown of the Alaskan musk ox, the warmest fiber in the world -- $55 BUY IT NOW on eBay
One great resource, harold underdown, who wrote the book you mentioned, has a great website, a lot of very good info and links.
The Chinese, it seems, have a particular art in dress - ing seal skins, depriving them of the long and coarser hair, leaving only the soft fur, or underdown, and, at the same time, rendering the skin or leather thin and pliant.
An authentic account of an embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China : including cursory observations made, and information obtained in travelling through that ancient empire, and a small part of Chinese Tartary ; together with a relation of the voyage undertaken on the occasion of His Majesty's ship the Lion, and the ship Hindostan, in the East India company's service, to the Yellow Sea and Gulf of Pekin, as well as of their return to Europe ; taken chiefly from the papers of His Excellency the Earl of Macartney, Sir Erasmus Gower, and of other gentlemen in the several departments of the embassy
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