That would be a sweater made of possum yarn, not a sweater for an opossum.
From the Nordic Yarn site:
Possum Fibres from New Zealand
Some facts that you may not know about the possum from New Zealand:
- Possums are not native animals to New Zealand
- They were first introduced from Australia in 1837, and have no natural enemies
- There are approx. 60 million possums in New Zealand, reproducing at 30% per year
- It is considered a pest, destroying native plants, animals and birds in New Zealand’s environment
- Possums eat and destroy nearly 20,000 tonnes of vegetation – every night!
- The NZ Government spends NZ$90 million a year just on eradicating the possum
- Within New Zealand, both the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, and the Department of Conservation and Regional Health Boards support the humane culling of possum numbers as a key means of protecting NZ’s unique eco-systems
The Possum fibre is:
- 55% warmer than merino
- 35% warmer than cashmere
- shown to have a high resistence to pilling compared to other natural fibres
- exceptionally soft to the touch