Zawadee features a colorful array of fashion scarves, wraps, blankets, and throws all fabricated from merino wool, mohair, or bamboo. How do you choose which fiber best suits you? We break it down the fiber characteristics for you so you can make a choice you’ll love.
Merino wool comes from a prized breed of sheep originating from the southwestern region of Spain. The Spanish so prized this breed that, before the 18th century, export of merinos from Spain was a crime punishable by death. This bred’s wool is prized for its fine, soft texture. Ultra fine merino wool is often blended with silk and cashmere.
Like all sheep’s wool, merino is a solid core fiber. The fine texture of the wool enables it to bend more than coarser wool and gives it greater elasticity, which helps merino wool garments keep their shape and resist wrinkling. Advocates of merino wool claim that it is hypoallergenic and suggest it can even help with skin conditions like eczema.
Unlike cotton fabric, which absorbs and holds moisture, merino wool fabric absorbs and dissipates moisture quickly, thus giving fabric made from merino wool a reputation for being “breathable.” Its ability to dissipate moisture also resists odors. In addition, merino boasts retards fire and resists static electricity.
Silky, fine mohair comes from angora goats, which scholars believe originated in the mountain of Turkey. Until 1849, this coveted breed of goats could only be found in Ankara, Turkey. This natural fiber blends high luster with strength, resilience, and insulating properties. A smoother fiber than any sheep’s wool, mohair does not felt.
Due to its many favorable properties, mohair finds use in scarves, winter hats, suits, sweaters, socks, and upholstery. The durability of the fiber lends itself to use in rugs. Its smoother texture makes it wonderful for adding softness and luster to coarser fibers which then help the fabric retain its shape. Predominantly white, mohair fiber takes dye readily.
The textile and fashion industries prize mohair for its strength and resilience. Mohair fibers can stretch up to 30 percent without breaking, which makes it perfect for use in scarves or other applications in which the fabric will be knotted or tugged. The smooth surface of mohair fiber makes it naturally water repellent, although it can absorb large quantities of moisture without feeling wet or damp. Mohair quickly diffuses moisture into the air, which helps keep skin dry and clean and which retards odors.
Rayon is made from bamboo fibers extracted and shaped through a process that involves application of steam and chemicals. In the USA, only mechanically processed bamboo may be labeled “bamboo fiber.” Hardy and fast-growing, bamboo can be grown on marginal land unsuitable for other crops.
Finished bamboo fabric retains some of the original plant’s antibacterial properties; however, proponents claim it as being UV protective, biodegradable, breathable, strong, flexible, lustrous, and soft. The fiber’s slick surface not only shines, but lies comfortably against the skin. It absorbs moisture better than cotton and evaporates that moisture quickly, wicking wetness away from skin. Being naturally cool to the touch makes it perfect for wearing on hot, humid days. The inherent antibacterial and anti-fungal nature of bamboo fiber apply to popular use in socks, underwear, sports wear, towels, and bed linens.