We love sheep!
Sheep have been with us humans for many centuries, and all over the world their unique wool has helped protect us from harsh weather conditions.
Sheep are one of the world’s oldest livestock, and you'll find sheep farming in every corner of the world. Different breeds of sheep produce different types of wool, and the terrain that the sheep graze on has an effect on their wool.
The wool offers different properties depending on its coarseness and length. The finest wool has the longest fibers, while thicker wool fibers will be more robust and strong. To distinguish between fineness, we divide the wool into microns. Sheep in Australia are known for their soft, fine merino wool, while Norwegian sheep are more coarse and robust. Both have their purpose, and together they make perfect inner layers and middle layers.
With today’s focus on more sustainable production, wool is one of the finest materials on the market, and it is becoming increasingly popular. Wool clothes last a long time and are naturally renewable, biodegradable and don't need to be washed between uses – this saves water and the environment.
Several manufacturers have noticed how amazing wool is, and there are always new ways of using it. Wool has been redesigned, developed and produced for many other things. There are of course blankets, rugs and bedding made in different types of wool.
So what’s so unique about wool?
There are plenty of reasons why you should invest in wool clothing, both for work, leisure and training.
Wool can absorb up to 30% of its own weight in moisture, and retains heat even when wet. This means that even if you get wet, the wool’s fibers wick moisture away from your body so you don't feel wet or damp.
The wool fiber itself is frizzy, and the more curly the fiber, the more air the wool will hold. The reason wool retains such a good amount of heat is because air is trapped around the fiber. This air is heated by body heat, which means the wool stays warm even when wet.
When the body produces a lot of heat and sweat, the fiber transports it away from the body and regulates the temperature so that you don't feel wet or too hot. So thanks to its temperature-regulating properties, wool is able to protect the body in different weather conditions. And wool is partly water resistant so that any stains, light rain or snow settle on the surface only or run off the fabric.
In Norway, we have grown up using wool, but many still think of wool as a winter product that you only use on really cold days. Many people still don't know that thin wool garments can be worn all year round, even in summer. On cold days, wool clothes retain heat, while on sunny days they have a cooling effect.
The multi-layer principle:
Much has been written on the importance of layering . Layering lets you feel the true effect of the wool’s properties, and you can pull garments on and off to suit your needs and activity. Use wool as your base layer, and you'll always be well-protected.
To get the best use of your wool clothing, plan which products will be most suitable for your level of activity. Some clothes are best for high-intensity activities, while others are more suited to calmer activities.
Wool is naturally anti-bacterial and so doesn't need to be washed between uses. It is just as effective to hang it up for ventilation between uses. Read more about the right wool wash, and you’ll be able to keep your clothes for years to come.