Johnson Woolen Mills: What You Should Know About Wool!
Evidence was found in the northern Europe of wool being spun and used for clothing dating back as far as 10,000 B.C. and somewhere between 50 and 100 AD, the first spinning wheel was created.
Wool is truly one of the best natural fibers for clothing in the world and since 1842, Johnson Woolen Mills has flourished by using only the best quality woolen fabric to produce it’s historic line of clothing and outerwear. Wool is used for a lot of things, from grandma’s hand knitted sweaters to the wall street tycoons $10,000 suit, but at Johnson Woolen Mills wool is a way of life. Providing the best known product in the world takes pride of construction and a desire and drive to meet every customers expectations.
Evidence was found in the northern Europe of wool being spun and used for clothing dating back as far as 10,000 B.C. and somewhere between 50 and 100 AD, the first spinning wheel was created. No artificial fabric can match the benefits of natural wool, from comfort in cold and frigid climates to it’s resistance to water and moisture, you will be cozy and warm in your Johnson Woolen Mills products.
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What You Should Know About Wool!
Wool is an all natural protein based fiber that is formed in the skin of sheep. Wool has been proven to be one of the most effective forms of all-weather protection known to man, and science has tried to duplicate wool but have yet to match it’s unique properties.
If sheep has a good nutrient based food source, it will produce wool. It might be said that sheep have the easiest job of all…they eat, sleep and get their hair cut from time to time. Sheep Farmers, wool growers and wool producers alike make every effort to safeguard the environment, improving the welfare and productivity of the sheep and longevity of it’s resource.
A natural wool fiber will break down in a very short time when placed in the soil, unlike synthetics which are extremely slow to degrade.
Johnson Woolen Mills believes in preserving natural resources, that’s why we put extra efforts to recycling unusable pieces of woolen fiber. The materials are processed, and re-spun for yarn, rugs and many other everyday items we all use.
As the humidity of the surrounding air rises and falls, wool fiber absorbs and releases water vapor. Heat is generated and retained during the absorption phase, which makes wool a natural insulator.
Wool fibers are crimped, and when they are tightly packed together, as in fabric for clothing, form millions of tiny pockets of air, allowing your clothing to absorb and release moisture without losing its thermal efficiency. In other words, you Johnson Woolen Mills coat can absorb up to 30 per cent of its own weight in moisture and still be extremely warm and breathable at the same time.
Because of the breathable properties of wool, it absorbs smelly water and sweat and releases it into the air before any bacteria can develop, keeping unpleasant odors from your clothing.
Wool fibers resist tearing and are able to be bent back on themselves over 20,000 times without breaking, in comparison cotton fibers can bend back only 3,200 times. Wool also has elastic properties so clothing has the ability to stretch and return to it’s natural shape.
Wool is naturally anti-microbial. Bacteria is attracted to smooth positively charged surfaces and wool make up and surface are coarse and neutrally charged, reducing floating dust that may cause allergies.
The wool fibers have a waxy coating on it that repels any kind of liquid, at the same time it also has the ability to absorb 30% of its weight in liquid. That’s why a wool coat from Johnson Woolen Mills will keep you warm even in the rain or a common heavy and wet snow storm. Those same waxy fibers also keep stains away.
Firefighters wear wool clothing and bedding manufacturers use wool in their products to meet fire codes. When fire comes in contact with wool, most of the time the fire will smolder and then extinguish. These are results of professional tests and must not be tried at home by anyone.