September 09, 2020 2 min read

While browsing our products customers often wonder what the differences between our fabrics are and which is right for them.  Below are brief explanations for Lambswool, Merino Wool, and Cashmere.

 

Lambswool

Lambswool is wool is taken from the first shearing of the sheep, usually around seven months after its first coat has come in.  It is no longer than 50mm, is smooth, strong and flexible, and requires minimal processing.

 

Merino Wool

Merino wool comes specifically from the Merino sheep bred for its unique wool.  One of the most important properties of merino wool is its strength and durability. Its high crimp count makes it excellent at regulating body temperature, particularly when worn against the skin.  Merino wool also has a natural moisture-wicking property, so moisture is pulled away from the body so the wearer remains warm without becoming too hot.  Merino wool has an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio. Additionally, merino contains lanolin which gives it useful antibacterial properties and some odor resistance as a result.

 

Cashmere

This silky soft fiber comes from combing the fleece undercoat of the cashmere (or Kashmir) goat and is known for being soft, delicate and luxurious.  The best quality Cashmere is produced in the regions of the Helan Mountains, Ningxia, Chinese Mongolia and in the desert areas of the Mongolian People’s Republic.  Fibers are about 18 microns in diameter, so about the same as superfine merino wool.  Only about 25% of a cashmere goat’s fleece is used, so it takes the hair of two goats to make one sweater.  Cashmere is the rarest and most soft of the three fibers and thus by far the most expensive.


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