Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Now You Can Remember Fido by Wearing Him

A Quebec company, Yarns of Memories, will take your pet dog's hair and spin it into yarn. Depending on the quantity of hair supplied, you can choose to transform the yarn into several articles such as a shawl, scarf, and mittens, or keep the yarn to knit an article yourself to memorialize the animal. They call the yarn "chiengora" from "chien," the French word for dog, and angora, a breed of rabbit known for its soft fur.

Agathon Associates became aware of chiengora when recently (July 22, 2015) U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued Yarns of Memories a Binding Ruling (N265990) establishing that the that the applicable subheading for the "chiengora" yarn will be 5110.00.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the Unites States ("HTSUS") which provides for yarn of coarse animal hair or horsehair (including gimped horsehair yarn) whether or not put up for retail sale. The duty rate will be free.

Yarns of Memories also stated that the "chiengora" might be mixed with alpaca or wool, which would change the classification.

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