Anyone who knows me knows I love wool, for knitting and felting, it’s limitless potential is perfect for clothing, interiors, millinery and so much more! Most importantly, in relation to clothing, wool can sit effortlessly and elegantly on your body as it has a great drape. As a bonus, wool is naturally wrinkle resistant. So why am I talking about wool in summer….isn’t it just a winter material to keep us warm?
Well no, surprisingly wool can help you stay cool, isn’t prone to clamminess, is breathable, elastic and sits nicely on your body without clinging. It doesn’t matter if it’s ‘ordinary’ sheep’s wool, merino or alpaca I think it is an amazing product and happily there are plenty of benefits to wool.
Natural & Renewable (aka sustainable!)
Sheep need air, water, sunshine and grass (with a touch of farmer care). It couldn’t be more natural. Wool is grown year-round in Australia and is a sustainable fibre source given sheep produce a new fleece yearly.
Wool fibres naturally decompose in soil in a matter of years and release natural nutrients back into the earth.
If you find sheep’s wool itchy try Merino and Alpaca as the super fine fibres are soft and gentle on your skin. It blends far more than traditional sheep’s wool fibres which can be coarser.
The natural elasticity that wool has will allow it to stretch with you but also return to its original shape.
Wool fibres can absorb moisture vapour then allow it to evaporate into the air. This means that clothing made from wool is extremely breathable and less prone to clamminess.
Unlike synthetics, wool reacts to changes in body temperature so in chilly weather it helps you stay warm and when it is hot it helps you to stay cool.
Static & Stain Resistant
Because wool can absorb moisture vapour, it tends not to create static electricity. Better still, Merino doesn’t attract much dust and lint and sit nicely on your body without clinging – yay! The natural protective outer layer that wool has prevents stains from being absorbed.
Fire & UV resistant
Wool’s chemical structure makes wool naturally flame resistant. Wool is a natural fibre which has evolved to protect sheep against the elements. Merino wool absorbs UV radiation providing protection from the sun.
So, this summer, next time you’re looking at a day dress, 1950’s skirt, shirt or hat why not consider wool. If well cared for it will last you years instead of a season and who doesn’t’ like that!
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