well... merino wool is a remarkable fibre that has amazing qualities to harness in wearable items, here are a few:
Because i love it!
this is the main reason... the first time i worked with wool i fell in love. merino wool felt is so soft, so light and yet so incredibly strong. the fibres feel alive when i sculpt with them and embody natural forms so well.
Breathable and controls moisture
wool is excellent to wear in the rain. it can absorb 30% of its own weight without feeling damp and naturally wicks away moisture by releasing it into the air. this is why it is such a popular fibre with sea-faring folk
wool is a natural insulator that keeps you warm when it’s cool and cool when it’s warm
wool is a resilient and elastic fibre that retains its shape. in felt, each fibre winds and twists around neighbouring fibres in a random fashion making an incredibly strong and durable fabric even as it feels light and soft
wool fibres resist rain and snow because they are covered in tiny scales that act like shingles on a roof. this along with it's temperature regulating qualities make wool amazing to wear as headwear
Resists Dirt and Smells
merino has a natural protective layer that repels stains and odours, making it easy to care for
Resistant to fire and UV rays
merino contains natural fire retardants that give it the natural ability to self-extinguish and provides protection from UV radiation
Ethical and sustainable
the merino wool that i have chosen to work with has been sourced from farms that practice humane and environmentally responsible farming practices. the sheep are never exposed to the painful process of mulesing and comply with organic and EMAS (environmental audit) standards.