The Merino sheep originates in a small berber tribe in Morocco, and produces a unique kind of wool. The Moors, the Islamic inhabitants of medieval Spain, are the key behind this sheep’s succes.
Merino wool is highly durable and boasts several unique properties. The wool is so thin it feels almost silk-like, yet it both isolates and breathes better than its thicker, coarser cousins. This ensures clothes stay fresh, and bad odours aren’t retained in the fabric like some wool varieties are sensitive to.
A sheep is most renowned for the wool it produces. The wool from a Merino sheep isn’t just of great quality; it comes in great quantities too! A Merino sheep produces up to 10 times as much hair per square centimeter as an average “normal” sheep will!
This specific wool variety is suitable for numerous applications. As the wool isn’t irritable, like many wools are, it’s also supremely suited for clothing. It makes sense then, that more and more clothing manufacturers are incorporating Merino in their products. The sports industry has picked up on this, especially on the molecular process of “heat of sorption”, which ensures water absorbed by the wool in cold air temperatures is turned into heat. In hot conditions, sweat is absorbed quickly and evaporates gradually, so you stay cool. One brand to adopt Merino wool into their clothing line, is DotOut.
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The greatest thing about Merino wool? You forget you’re wearing it. It doesn’t feel or look like most other wools do. Chances are you might already own a piece of clothing which uses Merino wool. If not, we’d strongly invite you to try it out; it’s a marvellous fabric to wear.
Translated by – Bart van Es