Merino Wool

The passionate choice of materials and the careful workmanship are rooted in Malo history. To know about the peculiar characteristics of wools and yarns, in order to obtain the best final product defines Malo daily essential core.

Among wools, the merino kind is one of Malo favourites: its fibre is naturally thinner, softer, shinier and more elastic than that of common wool, so it can be comfortably worn directly to the skin.

Renowned for its exceptional qualities, Merino wool is naturally resistant, breathable and water repellent. These qualities, together with shine and comfort, create the perfect combination for one of the most appreciated and sought-after materials regardless of the seasons.

 

Origins

Merino sheep is one of the world most ancient species: originally from Spain, the first flock of sheep shall be documented in the 12th Century. The fine quality of Merino wool has always required to be bred with great care, and before the 18th Century exporting these sheep outside of the Spanish boarders was a crime, punished with death penalty. Over the years Australians and Neo Zealanders woolgrowers got specialized on how to breed Merino flocks, and today Australia alone produces almost 80% of the world amount of the most superlative wool.

 

Characteristics

Merino sheep are robust animals, their dense coat allows them surviving the rigid temperatures of Australia and New Zealand highlands. The secret lies in the fleece fibres which can keep a stable level of the animal body heath. The fibre diameter is significantly thin, it varies from 11,5 microns up to around 24 microns to produce ultra fine wool of the utmost quality: the one and only chosen by Malo. Merino wool is extraordinarily breathable, it guarantees absolute comfort at variable temperatures and offers UV protection. All these natural qualities make Merino wool an excellent candidate for the best quality garments, suitable for a nomad and modern wardrobe for the Australian winter and the European summer at the same time. It is a natural, renewable and biodegradable material. In fact, when merino fibre is disposed of, it naturally decomposes in the soil in very few years, gradually releasing useful nutrients to the soil. Every year the sheep produces a brand new fleece, making the wool a completely natural and renewed fibre. It is only the untreated wool, obtained by sheep living in the open air wide pastures that can guarantee the very best product.

 

Care and maintenance


The superior Merino wool quality chosen by Malo is naturally resistant and elastic, easy to be preserved due to the structure of its fibres. In fact, the protective outer layer of the fibres naturally helps preventing the absorption of stains. Moreover, they do not generate static electricity attracting less dust. Merino wool requires no special care other than gentle washing at low temperatures. It is recommended to use a mild soap without surfactants and to avoid the softener, whose chemical components could damage the natural fibres.