Fun facts about wool and it’s production
Here’s a list of fun facts about wool, which did manage to amuse us as we compiled them! Ready to be surprised by some wooly facts? Here we go!
1. The first fabric which humans used to clothe themselves was made out of wool. This makes wool one of the oldest used materials to manufacture clothes. We can safely say that wool has survived and sustained all the times from the Stone Age to the current modern Age!
2. Although a single wool fiber is thinner than a human hair, when woven together, wool is one of the most durable fibers out there. It is much more long-lasting than it’s competitors out there – wool beats them all! No wonder it’s been around for such a long time!
3. Wool is the perfect natural insulator – it can trap and release water vapor as humidity levels fluctuate, making it a pretty sustainable material through all the seasons. And that’s also why wool can keep you warm when it gets damp outside.
4. Sheep, along with being docile and delicate are also quite intelligent – they can remember the faces of 50 fellow sheep and humans too – for a span of two years!
5. The record for shearing a sheep in the least time is held by Hilton Barrett who sheared a single mature sheep in a lightning speed of 39.31 seconds! It must have been a blink and miss moment for sure!
6. Wool is fire resistant, which is why blankets and sweater made out of wool are the best things to use to put out a fire.
7. Sheep and alpacas are the commonly known producers of wool – have you ever thought about the other wool producers? Well, we have camels, yaks and llamas to contribute to the wool industry!
8. Wool doesn’t stink – the reason behind this is because it’s a natural microbial and it gets rid of smell-producing bacteria by itself.
9. Not all wool is dyed to get the desired colors –the alpaca wool naturally comes in a variety of shades of twenty-two different colors – isn’t this just fantastic?
10. Sheep wool is naturally resistant to UV rays – this actually means that the sheep have a natural coat against UV rays, which we take away and use to cover ourselves.
11. One of the highest quality of wool is named as ‘Worsted’ – this name is derived from a village called Worstead in England.