Mulesing; a painful price for cheap wool

Merino wool is a very fine wool fiber which makes the wool soft to the touch, a favorite in the textile sector. Merino wool comes from Australia. The rules are less strict in the field of animal welfare than in the Netherlands and therefore cheaper to keep sheep. The Merino sheep was bred in Australia… continue reading

Why wool is so fantastic and can save the world

The secret of wool is the structure, when you look at a wool hair under the microscope you can see scales along the hair. This allows wool to felt (see this article on the explanation of felting) and insulate extremely well; air gets stuck between the scales and forms a ‘windbreak’. This air barrier also… continue reading

Why we forgot our beautiful local wool

At the moment, Dutch sheep’s wool is a waste product that has almost no destination. 1.5 million kilos of wool is burned every year. The Netherlands once had a prosperous wool processing industry, but now the demand for Dutch wool has completely disappeared. Natural fabrics have been replaced in recent years by synthetic – cheap… continue reading