Wools are generally associated with winter wear or snuffy cardigans, and why not? They keep us warm and fuzzy in the cold and drape beautifully. As we always say “a well-informed shopper will always return a happy shopper”, we’re going to get into the depths of this fabric and its properties, covering the prerequisites to help you shop better.
Before we start talking about their properties, you should know that wool is a natural fibre derived from the hair of mammals such as sheep, goats, camels etc. Refer to the feature image to understand what different types of wool are called.
Breathability- Just as all natural fibres, woollen fabrics are great absorbers of heat and moisture, keeping you warm in the winters and cool in the summers. This breaks the usual stigma that surrounds the fabric, making them suitable for year-round looks not defined to a season. Make sure to choose fine 120’s-150’s to stay cool in the summers.
Interesting fact- Merino Wool can absorb and retain up to 30% of its own weight in moisture and still feel dry to the touch.
Sunsafe- Wool provides naturally high UV protection. This means you can stroll around in a dapper wool suit in the scorching heat without the fear of getting tanned (some sunscreen would help too).
Odor Resistant- Because of wool’s ability to effectively manage moisture, odour-causing bacteria don’t have the moist environment they need to thrive. You can wear wool during intense activity and over extended periods of time without having to worry about odour.
Itchiness- The “itchiness” people associate with wool is determined by the diameter of the fibres used. Larger, broader fibres are less flexible and have less ability to bend, which results in a prick when pressed against the skin, causing the sensation of an itch.
On the other hand, Merino wool is able to ditch the itch thanks to its fine fibres. These fibres are more flexible and bend softly when pressed against the skin and, therefore, don’t itch like other wool.
Flame Resistant- Wool fabrics have a higher ignition threshold than many other fabrics.
PS: So if your dates on fire (metaphorically), we suggest donning a wool suit to keep up.
Naturally, Wrinkle resistant- Unlike cotton and linen that wrinkle the minute you step out the door, wool fabrics give a fresh, crisp look, all through the day.