Fall Fabrics : Merino Wool
August 29th, 2012
It’s that time again, for all you beachheads and summer heat bathers just like everything else in life it slowly comes to an end. It is time to make way for in my opinion the most glorious season of them all. Fall before we know it will be in full swing. In the passing weeks I shall be documenting a few great things we should all be having in our closets for Fall : fabrics, prints, colours you name it.
Merino wool is a material that shorn from the Merino Sheep. The Merino sheep tends to be sought after for their coats that produce the finest, softest wools around. Merino wool breathes and wicks better than most synthetic fibers, so it is often used for athletic garments. In the wool family Merino is by far the softest and more finely crimped than any other wool. There are five basic wool grades: strong, medium, fine, super fine, and ultra fine. Wool id measured by micrometers – the lower the measurements, the finer the fiber. Brief History
Documented by Spanish writers at the time.
The Phoenicians ( located in center or Lebanon ) , were known to be the first keepers of sheep that produced clothing for humans. It is said that they had brought sheep to North America from Asia Minor. It is thought that the foundation flocks that found their way to Spain were introduced sometime in the 12th century. An Arab Moor tribe called Beni-Merines is thought to be the ones to bring these wool producers to Europe.
During the 13th and 14th centuries, Spain was well noted for the production of fine wool and they held a monopoly between the 12th and the 16th century for this industry. Today Australia is known to be the top producers of Merino wool and New Zealand manages to produce the highest quality of this soft wool. Merinos are extremely well at adapting to various temperatures that being they can be found in many parts of the world.
When it comes to wool it is known to be cozy, comfy, and chunky. But on the down side it is notorious to be extremely itchy and extremely hot. Contrary to believes Merino wools are neither itchy nor overly hot. It provides a moderate amount of warmth. Its renowned elements are its ability to draw sweat away from skin and retain its moisture, and the clothing remains dry to the touch. Not only that, due to its uniquely thin fibers, Merino wool does not retain odors bacteria cannot find a solid surface to grow on, thus making it anti-microbial, as well. Reason being Merino wool is ideal for athletic garments.