About merino wool
Merino wool forms the essence of our collection INTERCONNECTED. It has been an extensive search, but with success, because we’ve found one of the most beautiful and finest merino wool on earth.
Merino wool is a natural resource, coming from the soft fleece of Merino sheep. This material is a real nature’s treasury that comes with some surprisingly great qualities. The Merino sheep where our wool comes from, live on a farm in Australia. These amazing animals have a beautiful, soft fleece that keeps them warm during winter and cool during summer. It’s a unique quality that makes Merino wool a perfect material for everyday wear.
- Merino wool has the ability to easily absorb and release moisture, such that there’s a perfect moisture balance at all times.
- Merino wool is very elastic. Wool fibers are so elastic that you can bent it 30.000 times and it will still not have any damages.
- Merino wool is wrinkle resistant so there’s hardly any need for ironing (we are personally very happy with this quality, because who the hell likes ironing?)
- Merino wool is soil resistant, thanks to the natural oil in the wool.
- Merino wool is easy to care and fast drying. You can wash our clothing on a hand wash program, preferably inside out so the fabric stays beautiful for a long, long time.
- Merino wool feels light and is non-itchy. The finer the fiber, the smaller the diameter and the less itchy it feels. Cashmere, for example, has a diameter of 16 microns, while thick, hairy wool types have a diameter from around 40 microns. Our merino wool fibers are very fine and have a diameter of 19,5 microns, so don’t worry, our items are itch-free.
- Merino wool is resistant to smell so you can easily wear it during a very busy day at the office without any worry. Oh, and yes, we love that too.
- Merino wool is naturally renewable, long-lasting & recyclable. The natural proteins completely break down into organic carbon and are welcomed again in the environmental circle.
- Merino wool is flameproof & non-static. The non-static part is especially appreciated during cold winters.
The source of our Merino wool and how we cherish our planet
The earth is our greatest treasure and should be cherished. We don’t like to underscore this matter too much because we believe that this should be needless to say. Sustainability should always be a business practice by nature and not be something to stand out with. Taking care of the environment should be a high necessity for each organization and person in today’s world.
Our merino wool comes from merino sheep that are held on a family farm in Australia. The farm found its origin already a long time ago, in 1882. It maintains high standards for the quality of wool and is continuously improving when it comes to grazing, animal husbandry, shearing and the living conditions of the sheep. Our supplier ensures responsible farming operations and maintains a transparent supply chain, from the fleece to the final product.
After the merino wool is ready, it goes to Italy where the spinning- and dyeing process takes place. Here, international ecological guidelines are implemented to make sure that the spinning – and dyeing process goes according to international standards.
No tall talk, please
The supplier of our merino wool is an innovator in the area of sustainability. They continuously develop their production processes, methods, and technologies. They invest among other things in research on different areas such as water purification, solar energy, sustainable farming, solar energy plants and innovative wastewater treatments. To prove that this is not only tall talk, our supplier has several certificates.
- Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
- Woolmark blend
- IWTO wool top test
- Oeko-Tex Standard 100, Class 1
- ISO 9001:2000
- Bluesign system partner
How is merino wool made?
In order to make merino wool, the wool is first sheared off from the merino sheep. Usually, this happens twice a year. After shearing, the fleece is properly washed and all the dirt and lanolin is being removed. This is also called sourcing. The lanolin (grease) is used again for other properties such as cosmetics. The natural skin care brand Sara Rosalie, for example, uses Lanolin as a base for its beautiful products.
After washing, the wool needs to dry. When it is dry, the sorting process starts in which the same qualities are being sorted (same length, same level of absorbing dyes etc.). This is followed by the carding process which is comparable with combing hair. Carding can be done with machines or by small hand tools. Carding makes the wool soft. After that, the wool is spun into yarns and is ready to become a fabric.
Wool yarns can be made through the worsten or woolen system. Worsten yarns consist of long, parallel fibers. These fibers are smoother and stronger than woolen fibers. A woolen yarn consists of both short and long fibers. These fibers lay in different directions. The wool from woolen yarns feels rougher and is also warmer than worsten yarns. The merino yarns we use are worsten yarns.
Some facts about Merino Wool
Did you know…
- That sheep are very clever? They are able to recognize 50 other sheep faces for up to 2 years and they can also recognize human faces.
- That sheep have the same IQ level to cattle and that they are nearly as smart as pigs?
- That sheep have best friends too? They can have close relations with other sheep.
- That raising sheep is the oldest industry in the world?
- That wool has built in a natural UV protection? This helps sheep from getting sunburnt. Very handy since most of the merino sheep are held in Australia.
- That wool cloth existed already in 10.000 B.C.?
- Why wool always have such rich and beautiful colors? Wool easily absorbs different dyestuffs, often without the help of chemicals. That’s why we love it so much!
We might not know everything yet, but we’re willing to learn just as you. So let’s find out together and share your thoughts with us: firstname.lastname@example.org