Last week it was a Wool Week in the Netherlands, according to Campaignforwool.
I think it is significant and it would be good to support it and show you few beautiful pictures from their Wool magazine. I’m so happy to see that customers become more aware of environmental issues and choose natural and ecological materials and wool is becoming the fibre of choice.
Few interesting attributes of wool :
“ .. Merino wool is the finest wool in the world, according to the micron of the fibre. The lower the micron, or diameter, the finer the wool, ensuring superb next-to-skin softness. “ (…) This is because wool not only looks beautiful, but it also has countless exceptional and practical benefits. The natural structure of the wool fibre means it’s elastic, breathable, moisture- regulating, anti-static, stain resistant, fire retardant and even UV-protective. …”
“ … The history of wool, and the craftsmanship that is so closely connected to it, goes back centuries. The process, from a fleece to yarn and the subsequent creation of a fabric or knit, has been developed over the course of thousands of years. For a long time this process was established by hand but the Industrial Revolution changed the industry forever. Nowadays it’s machines that perform these tasks. The wool industry has become more and more advanced thanks to new techniques and very talented people. Yet there has been a growing interest in manual techniques. Designers as well as consumers have rediscovered carding, spinning, weaving, knitting and felting of wool. And anyone who works with wool will attest to the soft and rich character of the natural fibre that is wool. …”
Pictures for this post from: wool magazine