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Sustainability and Fabric Choices Part 3

Updated: Oct 25, 2021

Wow! That was waaay more than a week. Thanks for sticking with me!

If you missed my first post, it's here and second post is here. I’m sharing some info about fabrics that I’m looking into for base layers. There are a lot of choices when designing and making clothing. Since I’m learning all about it, I figured I’d share tidbits of what I’m learning.

Wool is a very popular natural fiber. Here are some of the qualities people like about wool:

Absorbent- Especially for those working out, generally being active or sweating, it is great at wicking (moving moisture away from your skin); in the summer it keeps your body dry from sweat and in the winter you don’t get wet and cold.

Found naturally - there are so many different types; sheep, alpaca, llama, angora, yak, etc... some pretty fun (and expensive) fibers can be found.

Harvested without chemicals- sheared off (cut with clippers), modern domesticated sheep need to be trimmed, as their hair grows continuously. Wild sheep actually shed their wool naturally.

Breathable- doesn’t feel like a plastic bag!

Thermo-regulating - keeps you from spiking hot and cold as you move

UV protection- less sunscreen needed, yes please!

odor inhibiting – no stank here!

There have been a lot of strides made in traceable, sustainable, wool sourcing over the last number of years. And working with sustainable shepherds is a way to ensure the sheep are treated well.

I live in South Central Idaho, where sheep are a large part of our history. So much so, that we have a sheep parade every October as sheep move to southern pastures from lands in the mountains. It is a Basque tradition that is still strong today.

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Trailing of the Sheep Parade in my town.

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