January 18, 2022

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Fashion, The needs of women

All you need to know about Merino wool

Are you curious to learn more about Merino wool? Here are a few interesting facts that will make you consider adding it to your wardrobe:

  • As the name says, Merino wool comes from Merino sheep, which are believed to have originated in Spain around the 12th Back then, their wool was so precious that even trying to export it was punishable by death.
  • These days most merino sheep are found in Australia and New Zealand, and they have evolved into constantly needing human assistance, since they don’t molt and need someone to shed their wool.
  • Merino wool has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, which also makes it perfect for babies, people with sensitive skin, or those prone to allergies and eczema.
  • Thanks to Lanolin, a natural way substance created by the wool fibers, Merino is water resistant and was used by the fishermen and sailors for their clothing when they went to the sea.
  • Merino wool is biodegradable, which makes it one of the most eco-friendly and sustainable fabrics. It can decompose in around three to four months, in comparison to synthetic fibers that can take up to 200 years to break down into the soil.
  • It is used for making garments and home decorations. The most popular ones are the knitted men’s Aran sweaters you can easily find on online stores, but it can also be used to create shirts, socks, accessories, as well as carpets, blankets, and even Christmas decorations such as colorful wreaths.
  • The diameter of a fiber of Merino wool varies from 24 to 15 micron, which is almost twice thinner than regular wool that has a diameter of around 40 micron. This is the exact thing that makes this type of wool so thin, delicate, and not itchy.
  • Another thing that makes merino wool different from the regular one is the fact that it is machine washable. Merino garments can be washed in lukewarm water with mild detergent without losing their original design, size, and aspect.
  • Merino wool is one of the warmest fabrics because of its insulation properties. Apart from helping regulate the body temperature during the colder seasons, it can also make you feel fresher during extreme heat which makes it one of the favorite fabrics for travelers.
  • Merino wool can also be “air-washed”. If you’ve noticed that your garment has lost its freshness and cleanliness but you are reluctant to machine wash it too often, hang it in a well-ventilated area, preferably outside and leave it there for a few hours. This wool has self-cleansing properties and after a short time in the wind it will smell just like new.
  • Speaking about the smell, Merino wool is odor resistant, and the record for the longest time a wool sweater was worn without smelling is 212 days!
  • Merino wool is fire resistant and is a natural UV ray protector, which once again makes it perfect for travelling in countries with an arid climate.