Wool is the sturdiest, heavy duty, hard-wearing yarn that affords both safety and comfort. Moreover, wool is a natural, renewable fibre source resource that is an excellent biodegradable alternative to other manmade synthetic fibres!
Wool is an exceptionally natural fibre with numerous benefits. So, let’s discuss why wool?
- Built-in temperature control. Wool is a natural insulator which buffers the excessive cold or hot air on the outside, keeping the environment in a comfort zone.
- Naturally spongy fibre. Wool fibre can actually absorb up to 30% of their weight and that too without feeling weighty or damp. On the contrary, Cotton fabrics begin to feel soggy after 15%. The porous fibres “exhale” by wicking away dampness and releasing it into the air.
- Natural resistance to mildew and mold. Wool is naturally resistant to mildews and molds as it wards off humidity, and therefore lets the moisture pass through its fibres without holding the moisture. Mildews and molds need moisture to survive and breed.
- Ideal insulator. Wool is warm in winter and relatively cool in the summer as its hydrophilic capacity to wick away surplus moisture. Wool’s natural insulating quality and its ability to shed water makes it an ideal yarn for making carpets.
- Liquid repellent. Small overlapping scales like construction of wool, encase the wool fibres similar to tiles on a roof. This helps wool to repel liquid spills with ease.
- Wool is resilient. Laboratory tests have proved that wool fibres resist tearing and can recoil on themselves numerous times without getting damaged -more than 20,000 times. Cotton fibre is claimed to break after 3,200 twists, silk fibres snap after 1,800 bends, and the synthetic rayon fibres give away after only 75 bends. Woollen carpets will last for years.
- Naturally crease resistant. Wool fabrics easily can resist wrinkles. Wool is the most hard-wearing, elastic fibre because of its natural crimp which helps it maintain its shape. Woollen fibres on being stretched recover to their original shape.
- Fire proof. Wool is safe to use due to its natural flame-resistant properties. It is known to resist the flame without any chemical treatment being involved in the fireproofing.
- Resistant to static, dirt and dust. Woollen fibres hardly collect any static because of its porous fibres. Static draws lint, grime, and dust. Wool is also easy to clean because dust sits on its surface. And this very surface of the wool fibre comprises of a succession of overlapping scales, analogous to the birds’ feathers, making it simple to sweep or brush and also for stains to be removed.