What is Lambswool?
The luxury of lambswool is something that is celebrated throughout the world. The soft, cosy feel of the wool against your skin is something that has to be felt to be believed. The fact that you can only take lambswool from a sheep, once in their life, makes this material so luxurious. The shearer has only a small pocket of time, when the lamb is around seven months old, to obtain the wool. There is something special about knowing that this beautifully soft material was obtained with such care, and that the shearer had only one chance to get it right.
At around 50mm in length, the fleece is extremely soft and lightweight, with exceptional insulating properties. It is the highest quality, of sheep's wool, found in the world. This makes this unique material perfect for high-grade textiles. The wool fibers hold a special crimp, which creates air pockets, trapping hot air. There is also a harder layer, in the wool, that acts as a waterproofing agent. This makes this wonderful material very versatile. Lambswool keeps heat in and water out, in the winter, as well as being breathable, in the summer. It is also naturally hypoallergenic, which makes it such a brilliant choice for asthma and other allergy sufferers.
Lambswool fibers have a smaller diameter than those from an older sheep, making the feel of the wool a great deal softer. You are unlikely to get that unwelcome prickle that is so commonly associated with wool products, making lambswool the perfect material to make gloves, socks and blankets from.
It is difficult to accurately describe how lambswool feels to wear, in
a way that would do it the justice it deserves. You can only truly
understand the glory of this fabulous fabric when you have felt it
for yourself. The perfect material for both winter and summer,
lambswool is not only luxury, it is practical too.
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