Merino – the world’s finest wool – is a unique fibre which looks, feels and wears like no other. It boasts a superior range of natural qualities that extend far beyond its seductive softness next to the skin.
And while synthetic fibres are manufactured from non-renewable oil, Merino is an entirely renewable natural resource – it’s not only soft against the skin but also gentle on the planet
The mercerisation process for Merino wool is a chemical-based process normally applied to wool top or scoured loose wool before yarn spinning.
The mercerisation of wool involves the removal of the scale structure from the surface of the wool fibre which creates a smoother fibre surface, the effect of which is to increase the sheen. The second part of the process involves the application of a very fine layer of silicone polymer which is grafted permanently onto the fibres’ surface.
The application of the silicone polymer brings about significant improvement in the hand feel.
Although as a result of the treatment, the actual diameter (micron) of the fibre does not change, the perceived improvement in hand feel is the equivalent of using wool 2 – 3 microns finer.
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