Filobio is born with organic cotton; used in its infinite potentials, cotton gives always naturally breathable fabrics for the skin of children, always soft and delicate. However, over the years we have supported the desire to create children’s clothing in other 100% pure and natural yarns. Merino wool was one of our preferences. Behind the natural beauty of the product there are many other surprising features that make this ancient yarn an exceptional product, destined more and more for a rediscovery and revaluation.
The breeding of Merino sheep is very ancient, probably due to the cradle of Mediterranean civilizations. Merino quality has always been recognized and valued for the precious fleece from which wool is obtained. The fleece has the characteristic of being very thin and soft; this makes the yarn that gets very soft and comfortable to the touch.
The quality of a wool depends on several parameters; the best known is the fineness, but other elements are less essential, such as origin, cleanliness, purity (if obtained from virgin or recycled wool), length, uniformity, strength and natural elasticity of the fibers that compose it, the color of the same.
The fineness is the characteristic in which the Merino can differentiate itself from the wool of less valuable quality. In fact, if the other parameters are valid quality parameters applied to all the wools, the fineness remains a prerogative of the Merino sheep fleece.
This prerogative is the one that gives a softness that allows to create clothing in direct contact with the skin, such as underwear. Merino is a sensitive caress on the skin of the child.
A second important qualitative aspect linked to the touch is the natural elasticity of the yarn, which gives the sensation of softness and comfort. Merino wool clothing does not force the body, it moves with it; the yarn allows the garments to follow the movements of the body, then returning to the original shape. The feeling is therefore that of a warm embrace that delicately accompanies and supports the child’s movement. A further consequence of this elasticity, certainly not secondary, is that Merino wool clothing does not need to be ironed after washing, naturally taking up its shape donated by the looms.
Another intrinsic feature of Merino fibers is that they are very curly, presenting up to a dozen curls per centimeter, as opposed to other wools that have few units! The curling of fibers gives thermal insulation (naturally creates numerous air chambers). This aspect gives the excellent insulating capacity of Merino wool, which is worth both for the bitter cold and for the intense heat.
The Merino wool is then a living fiber, which reacts to the change in body temperature. This allows the thermo-regulation of the body and gives an ideal microclimate. Another excellent quality aspect that derives from the intense curling of Merino is the breathable and absorbing capacity of Lana Merino. The wool is in fact able to absorb 33% of its weight in water without giving, to the touch, the feeling of wet thanks to its structure that allows a rapid migration of water vapor to the outside.
Filobio also uses on request, or for some special collections, or for certain types of clothing such as hats or pure cashmere yarn covers. However, we see how the Merino wool is still a good choice in relation to the intrinsic qualities commensurate with the price. Merino wool is also less delicate both in use and maintenance and this is a very important aspect for children’s clothing!
We only use Merino wool certified for a Mulesing Free Wool origin, for clothing that is healthy and beautiful for the wearer, even cruelty free, respectful of the health and wellbeing of the sheep.