So Why Merino Wool?
I seem to have been asked this question a lot lately so I thought I would fill you in on why I amongst others feel extremely privileged to be working with this amazing medium every day!
SO WHAT IS MERINO WOOL AND WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?
The Merino is one of the world's most ancient breed of sheep, and one of the toughest too!
Originating in Spain, Merino sheep grow well in arid conditions and are now mainly found in Australia, South Africa and parts of New Zealand. The Merino's fleece is built for extremes in weather. It's breathable during hot Summers to stop the sheep from overheating yet is also very insulating during the colder Winter months. But best of all it is extremely soft and lightweight.
Lots of great reasons why we love it so much but there's more......
MERINO FACT NO. 1
It is simply soooo soft and luxurious and is an absolute delight to work with. It's got that real 'cuddle factor' that's for sure.
MERINO FACT NO.2
Merino Wool is 'Stain Resistant'
Thanks to the thin wax coating on Merino Wool, items made from Merino are naturally water repellent. This prevents spills from being absorbed and allows liquids to be wiped away quickly before they stain.
MERINO FACT NO.3
Merino Wool is 'Water Resistant'
While Merino Wool is capable of absorbing up to a third of its weight in moisture, the surface of each Merino fibre also has a protective waxy coating that naturally repels liquids.
MERINO FACT NO.4
Merino Wool is naturally 'Odour Resistant'.
This may sound too good to be true but this is because Merino has a far greater capacity than other fibres to manage moisture and the chemical structure of the fibre is naturally antibacterial.
MERINO FACT NO.5
Merino Wool is 'Flame Retardant'.
Yes that's right Merino Wool is flame resistant and self-extinguishing. Merino Wool has the highest natural fire resistance of all commonly encountered textile fibres.
MERINO FACT NO.6
Merino Wool is naturally 'Strong, Durable & Elastic'
Remarkably, even though Merino Wool is very fine and soft, it is also incredibly strong. In fact Merino Wool fibres can bend over 20,000 times before breaking. That's 17,000 times more than cotton and 18,000 times more than silk.
And.... it's elastic too! Amazingly when seen through a microscope, Merino fibres look like super fine coiled springs, meaning they return to their original state when pressure is released. Because of this Merino will constantly bend, flex and stretch but will then return to its natural shape again.