A Fabric Worth Dying For
Merino sheep originated in Spain and up until 1765 exporting Merinos from Spain was a crime punishable by death. After 1765, small numbers of sheep were sent to breeders in other countries and closely monitored. The royal family made gifts of their Merino sheep to loyal subjects as rewards for service or to seal diplomatic alliances.
Once worn only by royalty, Merino wool garments are now an accessible luxury.
Due to its fineness, Merino wool is delightfully soft. Merino fibres range from 14.5 to 23.5 microns, while human hair is 30 microns thick. Fine Merino wool fibre can bend far more than coarser wool fibres, and high-quality Merino wool fabric doesn’t require any softener or conditioner.
Merino is 3 times softer than natural silk.
Merino Wool allows the body move freely thanks to their molecular structure. The fibre may be safely stretched from 25 to 30% of its natural length. It will regain its original shape after stretching up to 50% of length when wet.
Merino wool is 5 times more elastic than cotton.
Known for its moisture-wicking qualities, Merino is also water-repellent. It soaks up to 30% of its weight, yet still feels dry due to the structure of the fibre. Merino is perfect for any climate type and weather conditions as it absorbs moisture from the humid environment and releases it to the drier atmosphere.
Merino can keep you comfortable in any climate.
It is well-known that Merino wool is beneficial for allergy and asthma sufferers. Recent medical research shows that fine Merino wool garments worn next to the skin are a natural remedy against eczema. They act as ‘second skin’ and stabilise the humidity level and the micro-climate of the skin surface.
A fantastic option for those with sensitive skin.
WARM & COOL
Merino fabrics have low heat conductivity. Tiny scales on the fibre's surface and the crimp in the fibre create air pockets that keep you warm in winter and cool in summer. A natural insulator, wool was worn by Bedouins from the Sinai Desert for hundreds of years. Incredibly hot and dry days, cold nights, merino was the perfect fabric.