Cool Wool: A Lightweight Merino for Sunnier Climates

by , 10/17/13   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Fabrictionary

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COOL WOOL \’ko͞ol wul’\

n 1 a: A natural, lightweight fabric created from Australian merino sheep wool using advanced processing techniques. b. A fine-gauge wool that has been lauded by designers for its ability to drape to the human figure. c. Wool that is perfect for springtime fashion, because of its ability to manage body temperature and humidity much better than cotton, nylon, or polyester2a: The primary fabric of choice for the collaborators designing the Woolmark Company Spring/sSummer 2014 couture fashion line. b. Used in collections by Christopher Raeburn and Richard Nicoll and Jonathan Saunders at London Fashion week, thereby raising awareness around this biodegradable and renewable material in the luxury fashion world.

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One Response to “Cool Wool: A Lightweight Merino for Sunnier Climates”

  1. philip florance says:

    I have a problem when leading proponents of sustainable fashion like Ecouterre “gloss over” the less than sustainable aspects of textiles or garments they feature.
    Using terms as “natural” and “renewable” suggest to the consumer that merino wool is chemical free. That is rarely the case. Depending on what part of the world merino wool is processed and exactly how it is processed, determines the (often toxic) level of chemical content in the finished product.
    Australian Wool Innovations acknowledge this and are working hard to eliminate the more toxic chemicals in wool processing.
    The dyeing of wool with synthetic dyes is another similar story.

    “Organic cotton tee shirts” often receive the same stamp of approval for sustainability, even when they are dyed with toxic synthetic chemicals.

    If we want to be serious about promoting sustainable fashion, let’s get serious about the information that consumers and designers are receiving.

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