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Fun Facts About Wool

Hey party people, let's talk about wool.

Here is a casual overview to this popular garment fiber.

I know what you're thinking, "Yeah, yeah I know all about wool. It comes from sheep."

Yes, we do get wool from sheep. But we also get wool-like fibers from:

  • Goats
  • Angora rabbits
  • Alpaca
  • Llama
  • Vicuña (the world's most expensive hair fiber)

The use of wool for clothing can be traced back tens of thousands of years. It is one of the oldest known fibers used by humans for clothing.

The exterior of wool fiber is hydrophobic and tends to repel water while the interior of the fiber is hydroscopic and attracts water. This structure allows garments made from wool to maintain their natural insulating properties even when wet.

Here's some types of wool you might see on garment labels:

  • Lambswool (wool from a sheep's first shearing)
  • Merino (a breed of sheep)
  • Cashmere (from cashmere goats)
  • Mohair (from Angora goats)
  • Angora (from Angora rabbits)
  • Alpaca (from alpaca fleece)

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