Versatile Fabrics – Blended Wool
By: Tim Wang / 21 January 2019
Customers want their daily apparel to keep them warm in the winter and cool in the summer. After many years of research and development, manufactures and fashion designers have come back around to wool, but not just any type of wool. Specifically, merino wool. What first comes to mind is sheep’s wool, followed by the usual characteristics of itchy, scratchy, and thickness. Simply, ‘regular’ wool is not everyone’s number one choice. However, merino wool feels like fine silk against the human skin. These fibers are much finer and lightweight. This and other characteristics of wool, allow breathable and moisture managing fabric. The ability to control moisture also helps to regulate odor by preventing bacteria growth.
Even with these benefits, there are disadvantages for using fine fibers. Mainly, longevity and durability. No one wants to buy a product that has a lifespan of less than a year because that would be considered money poorly spent. To counteract this and give the consumer a product with a better lifespan, blended fabrics have quickly come to the forefront of fashion. Merino wool mixes with cotton, polyester, nylon, and many more. The important reason for blending fibers is to produce better performance. Blending fabrics can improve the characteristics that are poor in one fiber, and mix it with another type of fabric that excels in those characteristics. In the proper ratio, blended wool can combine the best features leading to a superior piece of garment.
THE OTHER HALF
At Premium Direct Imports, we are constantly sourcing for the best quality and materials. In our search for another fabric to blend with merino wool, we were led to TENCEL®. A fiber made from eucalyptus trees that is wrinkle resistant, machine washable, and eco-friendly. Quality not only comes in the form of the product, but the ease of mind knowing it uses a sustainable and renewable process. Tencel is manufacturing is a 100% organic life cycle, meaning, the raw material and chemicals are all natural and recyclable in the development process. The smooth surface and uniform fiber structure make Tencel a particularly stable fiber. This becomes evident thanks to the high resistance to pilling and tearing.
TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER
Both merino wool and Tencel are odor neutralizing, heat and moisture-regulating, as well as extra delicate against the skin. With our own ratio of both fabrics the drawbacks of durability are no longer a problem and the best characteristics are amplified. Head on over to our shop and check out our own custom Merino wool TENCEL® blend of short and long sleeve shirts or hoodies.