Characteristics of Wool

Did you know…?

Wool resists wrinkles, is durable and resists soiling. Each wool fiber is ‘spring-like’ making it elastic and flexible. It’s natural elasticity makes woolen fabrics resistant to tearing.

Repels moisture. Wool is a hygroscopic fiber; it takes up moisture in vapor form. Wool can easily absorb up to 30% of its weight in moisture without feeling damp and clammy. Its capacity to absorb makes wool a versatile all-season fabric, protecting you in both cold and warm conditions. But, be careful, when wool is wet the fibers are weaker.

Wool absorbs perspiration and keeps a layer of dry air next to the skin. It protects against hypothermia. It’s worn throughout desert regions of the world where it’s hot during the day and cool at night.

Wool felts naturally and takes dyes beautifully.

Wool is resistant to flame; wool chars and stops burning when removed from the fire source. Wool is self-extinguishing.

Wool is a natural protein fiber that grows from the follicles of the sheep’s skin.

Visit the American Sheep Industry Association to learn more!



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