Wool only for winters?

Wool too warm for sheep in summer, does that mean it’s too warm for us too? I don’t think so.

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Maybe in the 60’s, when the wool was a lot heavier, it was too warm for the summers. That’s because fifty years ago the average weight of cloth was between 400 and 600 grams per metre. Nowadays it is between 190 and 360 grams per metre. So even the heaviest cloth now is still lighter than the lightest cloth back then. Now we use the heavier cloths mainly for overcoats.

The reason fort his change is the improved sheep breeding, spnning, weaving techniques and the demand for finer and shinier clothes.

Wool is still as warm as it was in the past of course, and that’s why we do wear it in winters, but what I am trying to say is that doesn’t necessarily has to be as as warm anymore.

The current light woolen suits can easily be worn in summer as well, without you being afraid having huge sexy stains under your armpits when taking of your jacket. On the contrary, what protects against cold, protects against warmth as well.

The fast mayority of woolen cloths comes from Australia and New Zealand. But of course those are not they only places. England and Italy produce wool as well. But in the end, the best wool doesn’t come from the grassland but from the mountains.

The most well/-known is Kashmir, from the belly of the Kasmir goat in the Himalayas. It takes a year of wool, from four to five goats, to produce one Kashmir pull-over, that’s why Kashmir products are so expensive.

Even more exclusive is shatoosh wool, from a goat and antilope in Tibet. shatoosh is called the ‘king of wools’. The animals are protected and would not survive without their fur. So producers depend on tuftst of fur that the animals naturally lose or get stuck in between rocks while climbing the mountains. This wool is so soft and refined that a scarf of this wool can ben easily pulled through a pinkring.

It would be a waste of this beautiful cloth not to wear it in summer. Maybe it’s not very common yet, and you might be one of the first in your group of friends or colleagues to wear wool this summer. But that’s exactly what distuingishes you from the hurd, and believe me, the rest will follow automatically.

Willem Marten
Personal tailor