Merino Wool

What’s So ‘Merino’ About It?

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads. —Henry David Thoreau

But sometimes it can also come knitted in purity, warmth and comfort! Yes, we are referring to one of the best quality of wool- Merino wool. 

Wool as a fiber is dispersed into a multitude of variants from Pashmina, Cashmere, Merino, Lambswool, to Mohair, Angora, Alpaca…. Each differing in density, colour, sheen and other important properties, depending on its origin. Many have been infused with synthetic materials to make them a tad pocket friendly. But as Rembrandt put it “Choose only one master—nature.”

What is Merino Wool?

Merino wool is a natural fibre grown year-round by Merino sheep on farms across Australia. But what has been credited to its popularity is the fact that it is regarded as the softest and the finest wool type. The wool consumes a simple potpourri of the most natural ingredients there are such as sunshine, water, fresh air and grass. 

Here’s Why Merino must find a few spots in your wardrobe!

All Wool and a Yard Wide

It’s natural and renewable! Composed of Proteins, amino acids and natural compounds, Merino wool is a natural, renewable fibre. One sheep can grow four to five pounds of wool per year and are known to have a fast hair growth due to which they must be sheared at least once a year, making the wool a completely renewable fiber.

Winter Wonder Or Summer Soothe, Merino Fits In Smooth!

Ever noticed how Styrofoam cups regulates their temperature according to the temperature of the coffee in them? Merino wool is pretty much similar and perfect for every weather and season, regulating the body temperature as per the weather. The natural crimps and bends in their fibres trap air, insulate you and keep you snuggled during winter. While its amazing absorbing property transports sweat quickly away and cancels out odours from the skin, keeping you cool and dry.

No Sweat, Merino’s Got You!

 Merino can absorb liquid as much as 30% of its weight without feeling wet, making it the most “hydrophilic” of all-natural fibres. The naturally porous Merino fibres are composed of little plates that allow moisture vapour to seep in. This results in you feeling dry and comfy post-workout even! So, don’t let the wool over your eyes just because it is a wool fiber!

Stressed About Wrinkles? At Least Your Merino Isn’t!

If you’re a no-good packer, you must get more Merino in your wardrobe. Do you know why Merino wool clothes are considered the best to carry during travels? Its because it is wrinkle-free! Scrunch it, pile it or stretch your seatbelt across it, your Merino is stubborn as a mule, smooth as… well, Merino!

Feels As Good As It Smells!

Forgot to spray on some deodorant? If you’re wearing a Merino wool attire, you don’t need to worry. Somehow, the antibacterial properties of the fabric destroy odors, even you don’t change for days! But that said, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t because Merino’s next characteristic will ensure you keep it washed and clean!

Wash Or Rain, Drying No More A Pain!

This property of the Merino can be attributed to the fact that it is a superbly fine and hence light fiber, which makes it easier and quicker to release moisture. So a gentle rinse and flat dry will make your Merino a comfy buy! However, less is way more as far as merino is concerned. Depending upon the garment, wool might require different care. While a wool jumper might fare okay with a gentle spin in the washing machine, a shawl or throw most definitely won’t! We highly recommend that a shawl be only professionally dry cleaned. Bt since the need usually arises only at the end of the winter season, it’s still a great and affordable way of maintaining your shawl.

UV Resistant- The Merino Superpower!

The world has increasingly been witnessing extreme temperatures and harsh UV rays. Pure Merino Wool comes with natural UV barriers that keep you safe from damaging UV radiation from the sun. This also makes it ideal to be worn during the summer months!

From Nature’s Biosphere To Naturally Biodegradable

The natural properties of Merino wool can be credited to it being biodegradable. Once you’ve outworn your favourite Merino, you can rest assured that it will give the nutrients back to the earth, without leaving any remnants.

No wonder then that Merino makes for outstanding attire for outdoor activities. Style, comfort and sustainability- reasons for Merino outdoing cotton and synthetics in one clean sweep!

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