Merino wool has a long and interesting history. In 1788 the first sheep were introduced to Australia. 70 sheep were taken on the journey but over half did not survive the first few months in their new home. These sheep were neither hardy nor producing particularly good wool. Continue reading
When we think of spring lambs we tend to think of them appearing around March time, at the beginning of the season. However, the lambing season can start as early as December on some farms. Continue reading
The humble cape has a rich and intriguing history. The name originally comes from the Latin word ‘escape’. The garments’ Latin origins unsurprisingly meant the ancient Romans were rather fond of wearing capes. Commanders in the army wore a version called a paludamentum. A dramatic style choice finished off by fastening at the shoulder. Roman Centurions would be permitted to wear a smaller version called a sagum.
For one of the greatest armies the world has ever seen it is likely this outfit choice was rather terrifying to the opposing armies. Continue reading
It has been a strange winter and it seems like although it is still wet and windy, spring is only just around the corner. In fact, crocuses and daffodils are popping up already. Although most people will still be appreciating the warmer side of wool, the surprising flip side to the wonderful natural fibre is that it is just as comfortable to wear in the sunny months. Wool has its own version of air conditioning that keeps the wearer cool. Before we delve into this, let us first take a look at what makes wool so marvellously snug. Continue reading