Monthly Archives: September 2015

From Sheep to Wool

Have you ever wondered about how the wool your wearing is made? You probably already know that it comes from sheep, but the process itself is quite an interesting one with different factors coming into play to make different types of wool. One sheep alone can produce anywhere from 2 to 30 pounds of wool annually and is dependent on its breed, health, and how often it is being sheared.

The first step of obtaining wool is through shearing. Shearing is the process through which the fleece of the sheep is cut off. The wool is then separated into four categories; fleece, broken, bellies, and locks. After being sorted into the main categories the wool is then separated further through wool classing, where each fleece is inspected based on a skirting table to determine the quality and grade. The quality of wool is determined based on fiber diameter, yield, crimp, color, and staple strength. Continue reading

New World Record for Wool

The Guinness World Record for the most wool sheared from a sheep in a single shearing has been broken! The title was taken in Australia by a sheep that was discovered after being lost for a period of time. The total amount of wool sheared amounted to a massive 40 kilograms which is the equivalent of 89 pounds! This is approximately enough wool to produce 30 sweaters. Once the sheering was complete the sheep in question weighed almost half what he did before the process began! Continue reading

Wool Production in Iran

Wool is a widely popular and sustainable fibre that is used all over the world. When it comes to Iran, wool is the oldest fibre that has been used for textile production. Several important archaeological discoveries have confirmed the fact that goats and sheep were utilised in this way as far back as 6500 BC, possibly before! Tools to make the process easier and more efficient have also been found, with experts believing they date back as far as 5000 BC. Continue reading