Merino Wool In Clothing Manufacturing
What Is Merino Wool
Merino wool comes from a particular breed of sheep that originated in Spain. Prized for their fine fleece, they were soon exported to other parts of the world. In Australia, careful breeding practices have produced a sheep that has fleece with even finer fibers. It is these fine fibers that make Merino wool so exceptionally soft.
Properties Of Merino Wool
Merino wool has many fine properties that make it a winner as a clothing material. These properties include:
Breathability, allows air to pass through the fabric
Moisture absorption of up to 30% its own weight keeps you feeling fresh and dry
Anti-microbial. Due to the natural waxy coating on woolen fibers, it inhibits the growth of microbes such as bacteria, mold and mildew. This keeps it smelling fresh.
The fineness of the fibers that make it easy to blend with other fibers, both natural and artificial
Softness next to the skin. Suitable for even the most delicate or sensitive of skins
Wicking qualities allow moisture to be drawn away from the body and evaporated from the surface of the wool. This makes it ideal for sportswear, nightwear, and underwear
Moderates body temperature, keeping you warm when it is cold and cool when it is hot
Elasticity allows garments made from Merino wool to move and stretch with the body while retaining their shape. This again makes it ideal to use in sportswear
Anti-static qualities give garments beautiful drape that won't cling to the body
Sustainability, important for the long-term survival of the product
Biodegradable. Because wool is a natural product it is entirely biodegradable without damage to the environment
Long lasting. Well made woolen clothing is long-lived and hard wearing
Easy to care for as they only require washing at a temperature of 30 degrees on a delicate cycle
How Merino Wool Is Manufactured For Clothing
Raw merino fleece is processed by using either the worsted or woolen method to produce yarn that can be used in a number of ways. Merino wool can be spun, woven or knitted into beautiful soft yarns and fabrics to make incredibly soft, yet durable garments, making it a favourite among wool manufacturers and clothing manufacturers of high end fashion brands.
It is excellent for allergy sufferers or those with pre-existing skin conditions as it is non-irritating to the skin. Merino wool regulates body temperature and absorbs sweat. It is being used increasingly to make underwear and sports clothing.
Merino Wool In Fashion Design
Advancements in wool technology and treatments are being continually developed. This is providing an ever-increasing choice of textures and finishes that further compliment the wonderful qualities of merino wool.
It is beloved by fashion designers around the world, due to its incredible properties of a fine texture, softness, and comfort on the skin, drape, ease of handling and styling and its overall versatility.
I hope you have gained a greater understanding of what merino wool is and how it is manufactured for clothing. It continues to grow in popularity and is a must of any wardrobe, providing both style and comfort.