Selection of Our Natural Merino, Alpaca and Mohair Wool
A bit of history on this precious wool. Between the twelfth and sixteenth century the Spaniards held the monopoly of its production. Until the 17th century, the export of sheep outside the spanish borders was pursued and sanctioned by the death penalty. Today Australia and New Zealand are the world's leading producers. We wanted to work solely with local wool, sourced exclusively in Spain, in order to reconnect with a local heritage without sourcing from countries on the other side of the world.
Particularly elastic, lightweight and resistant, merino wool is also renewable, recyclable and biodegradable. Thermoregulating, this very soft wool does not scratch and is an excellent insulator: warm in winter, cool in summer. Long and shiny, its fibers make knits of exceptional flexibility and beauty.
Just as soft and more resistant than cashmere, warmer than merino, Yak wool is an exceptional product of extreme softness that is naturally antibacterial and allergenic.
Under a very thick and very rough hair, the yaks have a very warm down and an incomparable softness from which is made the wool. Yaks lose this down in the spring when moulting, which clings to the bushes of pastures. So we talk about "harvesting" or “hand-picking”, a method which is more ecological than the classic mowing of animals.
Because of their nobility and rarity (each yak will give about 100 grams of down per year) this precious down has been reserved for centuries to the emperors of the Forbidden City.
Yak wool is purer and more natural than other types of wool. Indeed the Tibetan climate does not allow the animal to secrete ooze (fat). As a result, yak wool does not require the chemical scouring treatments that usually result in an irritating or rough wool.
A naturally high quality fiber, alpaca is one of the softest materials, and was once considered so precious that it was reserved only for Inca kings!
It is a rare fiber (an alpaca will only provide 2 to 3 kg of hair per year), but it is softer, stronger and lighter than sheep's wool.
Mohair has the look, feel and shine of silk. Mohair wool is made from the wool fiber produced by the angora goat, named after the Anatolian plateaus in Asia Minor, and more precisely the province of Ankara, once called angora.
Feather-light and wrinkle-resistant, our mohair used for our cardigans and sweaters comes from the Peruvian and Bolivian plateaus (and not from South Africa where farmed goats are often very badly treated).
For our hats we use amazingly soft and light French Mohair. This wool is 100% traceable: we work with Liliana who raised her mohair goats in her farm in the South of France. 100% local, 100% soft, 100% French !