Wool revival set to happen as people re-discover the amazing properties of the sheep.
Wool was one of the first type of textiles that was harvested by man, thick thick, warm nature of spun wool made for excellent durability.
But since the industrial revolution and an advancement in the fabric making process, many other synthetic fabrics such as polyester and acrylic took the place of wool, providing a similar, but much cheaper alternative.
But the tables have slowly turned, and people are realizing once again the amazing properties of wool.
It the fact that although other man-made fabrics can almost replicate the properties of wool, it the very fact that they will never be the same which sets them apart.
At first glance a thick ‘wooly’ jumper can appear warm and durable, but on closer inspection, upon realizing an item is made from synthetic fibers this is where it falls down. They are simply not as thick or provide as much warmth as the ‘real thing’.
Not only does wool keep you warm when it is cold, it is breathable and means you stay cool when it is warm, the wool mimics the way it acts upon the sheep. Not to mention the fact that it is infinitely better for the environment that man-made fabrics. Wool biodegrades fairly easily, seeing as it is a natural fabric, whereas synthetics can take decades to breakdown and often end up stuck in landfills for years.
As Judith D. Schwartz points out in her article, wool is gaining a renaissance, and this is party due to the desire of many to return to a natural, more wholesome way of living as people increasingly embrace natural ways of living.
This has come as a backlash to the intense consumerism and capitalism that has engulfed the world in the last decade or so. Cheap labor that has created the throw-away society we now live in is ruining the world, and people are starting to wake up and realize. Surely it is better to buy one item of quality clothing that will last you years than to buy several cheaper alternatives each year that do not last the season?
Tammy White a farmer from Shaftsbury, Vermont says:
“The more people are turning to technology, the more they’re also returning to home-made,”
Tammy and other sheep farmers are leading a revolution, as well as providing long-lasting natural fabrics for the community, the sheep are also greatly beneficial to the land. When placed on fallow land, the grazing of the sheep can actually regenerate the land in that area, as their presence sets in motion the right carbon dioxide/carbon balance in the soil and the air.