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How to pick the right wool ?

Wool as a raw material is classified according to its origin. That is to say the name of the animal that produced its fleece. There is a wide variety.

We detail for you: its characteristics according to its origin, its advantages and the clothes for which it is ideally intended. We focus on the main wool breeds, as well as those we use in the production of clothing from our Stronger collection.

SHEEP, SHEEP AND LAMB WOOLS
Merino wool
Merino wool is produced by the Merino sheep. It is the first wool in terms of world production. The Merino breed is said to be “pure”, it is the result of many crosses of sheep over the centuries.

Its interests: Its fiber is white and very soft, due to the fineness of its fibers. It has a strong thermoregulating power bringing you a feeling of comfort whether it is cold or hot.

What garment is it suitable for? A top, a dress, a sweater to wear next to the skin, but also sportswear thanks to its natural ventilation.

At Les Petites Ambitieuses, French wool produced from crossbreeding with Merino is used:

The Arles Merino
It comes from the crossing of local sheep with Spanish Merino rams. Its wool has a beautiful finesse and quality.

Aure and Campan wool
The finest wool in the Pyrenees.

Île de France wool
It comes from the cross of “Rambouillet Merino” sheep and rams imported from England “Dishley” breed. It is a wool of a beautiful smoothness, flexible, unctuous.

Other types of wool are also used to complete the color palette.

Bizet wool
It is a breed of sheep from the Massif Central. She is very recognizable with her black hairs except for a white stripe. Its interest lies in the pretty nuances of mottled hues, on a yet white wool.

The black of velay
She is a sheep from Auvergne. As its name suggests, the Velay black is a black-skinned breed with slate reflections. Its colored fleece: black-brownish is also called “burel”, it is a “chocolate” shade.

LAMB WOOLS: VIRGIN WOOL OR LAMBSWOOL
The difference in name lies in the age of the lamb and therefore the length of its fibers: The lambswool is a younger lamb, so it has shorter and softer fibers than virgin wool. On the other hand, it will also be hot but less thick and therefore more delicate.

Her interests: Lamb’s wool is even softer, lighter but just as warm as sheep’s wool.

What garment is it suitable for? Because of its extreme softness, it is ideal for clothes in direct contact with our skin.

GOAT WOOL
Cashmere wool
It is originally produced by goats from India. Nowadays, Kashmir wool comes rather from the region of Mongolia.

Its interests: Its fiber is very soft, light and warm (cashmere is ten times lighter than wool). They are very fine wools, therefore delicate. The production being lower, these wools are expensive. Even of good quality, it tends to sometimes pilling.

What garment is it suitable for? Cashmere fits all styles of clothing.

Mohair wool
It is produced from the mohair hair of goats of the Angora breed. These goats from Tibet have a very fine and very soft coat. Their fleece is long and curly, it is easy to dye wool. She has excellent hold.

His interests: Swelling and soft and very light, his wool does not felt. It has very good thermal insulation. It is sometimes less “elastic” and may scratch a little!

What garment is it suitable for? A large fine sweater, light and warm.

THE RARER WOOLS OF LAMA, YAK OR RABBIT
Angora wool… not to be confused with Mohair wool
It comes from animals of the “angora” breed which have a long, silky coat. Originally it was a genetic mutation affecting the fur, which grew more abundantly and quickly than the average. Initially, this mutation occurring naturally, was reproduced in breeding to constitute “useful” breeds. Angora wool fiber can therefore come from animals such as the angora rabbit, the yak or even the angora sheep.

His interests: It is a noble wool, and expensive because of its low production. It has great insulating power. It is a warm, soft and light wool, it has strong water absorption capacity without appearing wet. The Chinese angora, however, is not well received by the European market, due to the methods of plucking the hairs, considered cruel. This wool is less airy than a “mohair” wool for example. It tends to lose its hair and requires special maintenance due to its fragility.

What garment is it suitable for? A fluffy, close-fitting sweater.

Alpaca wool
Wool as a raw material is classified according to its origin. That is to say the name of the animal that produced its fleece. There is a wide variety.

We detail for you: its characteristics according to its origin, its advantages and the clothes for which it is ideally intended. We focus on the main wool breeds, as well as those we use in the production of clothing from our Stronger collection.

It is a fiber produced by the fleece of the Alpaca. This breed of the lamas family, bred mainly in South America, gives a very high-end wool.

Her interests: She is extremely soft and very hot. It is stronger and lighter than sheep’s wool. Thanks to its properties, Alpaca wool is recognized as one of the most precious and luxurious in the world. An alpaca produces only two to three kilos of hair per year, which makes the scarcity and the dearness of this fiber

What garment is it suitable for? The resistance of its sons, as well as its shine, gives the Alpaca Wool an ideal outfit for tailoring or costume making.

With multiple origins, wool brings us comfort and well-being. This natural, intelligent fiber still has a bright future ahead of it.

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