Cashmere is beloved for its wonderfully soft texture, but it is also a very strong, insulating wool. These fibers are very durable, so cashmere clothing keeps its original shape even after years of use and, thanks to its amazing qualities, it can keep you warm and dry during the coldest of winters, although it is only a few millimeters thick.
Merino wool has some amazing qualities: it’s very gentle and it doesn’t irritate delicate skin, it offers natural UV protection, it has antibacterial properties – thanks to a substance called lanolin and it can keep you warm even if it gets wet, which is great if you must endure very cold weather. This wool is also very durable and flexible, so merino clothing is wrinkle resistant, and very practical.
Merino wool varies in thickness, so some batches of ultra-fine yarn are blended with delicate fabrics such as silk, to create luxuriously soft garments.
Alpaca is smooth, very fine, warm and breathable, so it’s great for every season of the year. What’s special about it is the fact that it provides excellent insulation: the fiber structure has air pockets that trap heat, so alpaca is very warm, it wicks away moisture and it’s almost water proof. It is a dry fiber and it doesn’t contain lanolin, so it is naturally hypoallergenic.
Pima cotton: while cotton is a very popular fabric, few people know that there are actually different types of cotton and Pima cotton is appreciated as the finest kind. It is classified as “extra-long staple cotton”, which means that the individual fibers of the soft cotton bud are between 3.4 cm to 5.1 cm in length. These long fibers produce an exquisite fabric: it’s very strong, resistant to wrinkling, fading and tearing, and it’s also silky-smooth, excellent even for sensitive skin.
Silk is a luxurious fabric, appreciated for its unique qualities: it has excellent insulation properties, it’s warm in the winter and cool in the summer, it shimmers and shines like no other material and because it has high affinity to die, it can look glamourous in any color. What’s not to love?
Yak wool has a few things in common with other types of wool: it’s resistant to pilling and fluffing, machine washable, thermal regulating, hypoallergenic, odor and water resistant, and outperforms in some areas as it’s even softer than cashmere and warmer than merino. To add to all of that, yak wool has one more important advantage: sustainability.