Merino wool is one of the most popular fabrics used in clothing today. Its high warmth-to-weight ratio makes it ideal for warm weather clothing. Merino wool is soft and breathable, making it perfect for winter wear. However, its natural ability to retain moisture means that it will still feel damp when wet. If you plan to go into the outdoors during cold weather, you’ll want to consider wearing a waterproof shell or insulated outerwear underneath your merino wool base layers.
The Merino sheep are native to Europe and Asia, but have been introduced into Australia where they now number only around 500 individuals. They are known for their thick woolen fleece which provides excellent insulation.
In addition, merino wool is naturally anti-microbial and repels water better than cotton or polyester blends. Merino wool is a natural fiber, meaning it doesn’t require any artificial dyes or other chemicals to produce.
If you’re looking for a durable fabric with good insulating properties, then merino wool might just be right for you. While merino wool is very warm and comfortable, it does tend to lose some of its warmth over time so it’s not suitable for all conditions.
To extend the life of your merino wool clothing and retain its insulating capabilities, we recommend that you hand wash your merino wool clothing (if the label doesn’t say to put it in the washing machine).
Despite popular misconceptions, Merino wool is not itchy at all. The itchiness of wool is actually caused by how the wool is processed.
Because Merino comes from the Merino sheep, there is no need for it to be processed in a harsh way. This is why Merino wool is soft and comfortable.
There are several myths about wool clothing, including that it itches or that it holds moisture next to the skin and doesn’t allow it to breathe. While these things are true for some types of wool clothing, they are definitely not true for Merino wool!
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