Wool Textile Development...
From a practical view, a single person with the help of a dog or two could manage relatively easily large herds of sheep.
Sheep rearing had advantage in that poor quality land unsuitable for cultivation could still be good for grazing flocks. Sheep were also adaptable, being able to survive both in dry and moderately mountainous environments as well as humid and windy grassland areas.
This development of the wool textile industry, changed not only the individual’s appearance, it also grew economies and increased trade.
Textile technologies developed, as did production methods, tool & techniques, all of which combined allowed for an increasing array of wool home & clothing textiles to be produced.
And why do so many of us enjoy wool....
Environmental awareness is important, we are all well aware of the “islands of plastic”. With Wool, when disposed of in soil, it will naturally decompose in a short time, breaking down to release valuable nutrients into the ground.
Wool is a hygroscopic fibre. As the humidity in the air changes, the fibre compensates absorbing and releasing water vapour. Wool constantly reacts to changes in body temperature, maintaining its wearer’s thermos-physical comfort in both cold and warm weather.
Even after thousands or years, research still continues to be done on wool, it’s chemical structure, insulating and moisture absorption properties.
We are still developing new uses/improvements - for example Australian wool Innovation Ltd (AWI) and CSIRO working together developed Quick Dry Merino technology, for improved activewear wearer comfort.
Wool fibres contain proteins whose chemical structure gives the wool its characteristic elasticity, strength and airiness, features we appreciate in our blankets…
Having worked with wool & cashmere fibres for many years, worn, gardened & slept in them, they truly live up to their reputation of comfort, softness & warmth.
There are links throughout this article, and for those wanting a little further information, here is an article on wool and it's sleep improvement qualities, simply follow this link.