Sheep On The Farm: The Benefits OF Wool
What Is Wool Used For?
So for those of you reading this right now, wondering what’s so great about wool? This will be an eye opener. The most important thing to know about wool is that it’s awesome! There are very few things that wool can’t do for you, particularly when you’re considering wool clothes or wool bedding. For starters (as if you didn’t know already), wool is the fabric that is sheared off of sheep, more commonly referred to as fleece.
The fleece is then processed into fabric, first being washed to get all the dirt and skin from the sheep out of there, usually just a simple wash for bedding, or a more complex wash for clothing. In either case, the grease, or lanolin, is separated from the wool as well; this is naturally secreted from the animals that are sheared, and I do say animals because there are plenty of other animals that have woolen fleece (alpaca anyone?)
So once this is all processed, it is sorted by the finest material. The finer it is, the more desirable it is for fine clothing or textiles; the larger fibers are used in other applications. Wool is produced all over the world, the largest producer currently being Australia. England historically had always been a large producer of wool, particularly during the middle ages. England was their largest production and was an important export. Wool, Linen, Burlap, Cotton, or Silk were all different materials used, but the most common by far was linen, burlap, or wool. Wool was highly sought after for it’s various properties, which we will go over shortly.
Five Wool Benefits
1.) Wool Is An Insulator
This is important, because wool helps keep your body heat in, and keep you from getting overly sweaty. Wool, particularly fine wool, helps keep the heat in, while keeping the sweat out, and keeping your clothes dry. Bicyclists commonly use wool apparel for this very reason, particularly socks. So while not letting out heat, it also helps keep you from getting overly hot, and serves as a mild temperature regulator.
2.) Wool Is Hypoallergenic
Whether you’re a doctor, or just a allergy prone consumer, this is an excellent for bedding or clothing fabric for you! Wool is used in the finest business suits, and also in undergarments because it doesn’t itch or get stuffy, at least not because of allergens or bacteria.
3.) Wool Is Natural
What more really needs to be said than that? Sheep get sheared in the spring, and they grow it back for the winter. This process doesn’t hurt the sheep at all, it just establishes themselves in the animal kingdom, along with other animals that share a similar role. Camels, Alpacas, Rabbits, and other seemingly odd herbivorous animals that are seen as largely useless for domestic applications, suddenly become welcome guests on our land. Of course, there’s the odd sort that might like Camel milk, but generally, their largest cultivation and care comes in the sale of their wool.
4.) Wool Is Renewable
As long as there are animals, there will be farmhands that shear their wool for clothing, and so long as there is grass and hay and water they seem to be here to stay.
Silk is lovely, sharing many of the same qualities as wool, but costing much more. Cotton on the other hand, has none of those traits (except for moisture dissipation), and last much less long. Wool lasts a long time, being an animal fiber, and essentially takes care of itself. If you’re not convinced, ask some older relatives about how long they’ve had their wool oven mitts or their wool blankets.
To Learn More About Wool, Check Out This Article On Natural Virgin Wool
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