This long snood scarf has been created by Susan MacDonald using Merino Wool, imported from Australia, and silk. There are two layers of fibre traditionally hand felted creating a reversible product.
Why have we chosen to make our base layers from merino? Why is merino wool so great? A few scientists have had a bit of a closer look at the woolly stuff. Here are some of their thoughts. It is hydroscopic. That is to say capable of absorbing moisture vapour and moving it away from your body, while at the same time repelling liquids. This is unique to Merino. It is highly absorbent and can hold up to 30% of its weight in moisture before it starts to feel damp. It releases heat back to your body at 4 times the rate of nylon meaning you will be warm and cozy. Additionally it is a great insulator. Merino is breathable and thus, can be worn in warm or cold weather without developing that clammy feeling. Merino is naturally resistant to absorbing odours or soil and thus, does not require laundering as frequently as other similar fabrics. It is made of the same substance as our skin --keratin. Thus, it does not itch like the wool you may have been exposed to in the past. It is significantly finer than sheep's wool and feels much like silk against your skin. It is also static and fire resistant! The previous information comes from Research done by the New Zealand Merino Company, the German Hohenstein Institute, Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation helped us compile this table.