History of Merino Wool
People have been wearing woolen clothing since a long time. It dates back to centuries. However, merino wool comes from the much famed merino sheep which were reared in Spain in the 17th century. It wasn’t until the eighteenth century that these sheep were introduced in Australia. Though the sheep already had the finest wool, it was further developed through genetic breeding and what emerged was one of the finest Australian merino wool.
Merino wool has been highly used in utilitarian clothing like military wear and work wear. After World War One, Coco Chanel introduced the first dress made completely from jersey wool, since then merino wool has been used innumerable times or fashion runways. World
Another remarkable fashion statement using wool was made by Christian Dior after the Second War, it was a backlash against the shortening of rations and tyranny. Furthermore Yves St Laurent, an aspiring designer at that time won the first prize at the International wool Secretariat in Paris. It was the same competition where Karl Lagerfeld won the first prize in the coat category. The judging panel compromised of the famed Hubert de Givenchy and Pierre Balmain, history was once again recreated.
Merino wool has been used in innumerable dresses which have made fashion statement in the past and are still classic favorite to date. These include the little black dress, finely tailored woolen suites, jumpers etc. across the world merino wool farmers and textile designers work hand in hand to create the finest quality merino wool garments which are comfortable but fashion forward as well.
Farming of merino wool
Ever since the introduction of merino sheep in Australia during the eighteenth century, the farmers have worked diligently to breed merino sheep with the finest quality wool. There are almost more than 50’000 farmer alone which breed merino sheep and tens of thousands more employed in the industry. Most of the farms are family owned and are a matter of pride for generations of families dealing in merino sheep.
The wool marketing system in Australia is one of the best developed across the world. It is both transparent and extremely efficient. The cleanest and whitest merino wool is produced here for consumers across the world.
Benefits of merino wool
Merino wool is a versatile fabric which provides comfort as well as a sense of style to the individual wearing it. The following are a few benefits of merino wool
- Merino wools acts like a temperature regulator. It helps keep you cool during hot scorching days and regulates the body heat during the cold weather.
- Recent studies have proved the benefits of wool for those who suffer from skin conditions like eczema. It is now considered a safe and natural way of treating inflammations caused due to eczema.
- Merino wool feels super soft against the skin and is easy on it as well thus lessening incidences of skin chaffing, especially in individuals with sensitive skin.