The Wonders of Wool

 

What do we mean by The Wonders of Wool at Lochcarron of Scotland?

We are known as the world’s leading manufacturer of tartan. Quality is at the core of our tartan production process. The first step in ensuring the world-renowned quality of our tartan is the quality of the fibres we use. The traditional and best choice of fibre for authentic tartan production is wool.

Close up of camel yarn cones stacked in box

Why Wool?

Wools Environmental Impact

We are proud supporters of the Campaign for Wool who have been campaigning about the benefits of wool for over ten years. Wool is renewable, making it a more sustainable choice of fibre and fabric for the planet. An increasingly important consideration for manufacturers and consumers alike, given the impact of synthetic fibres on the environment. Synthetic fibres are present in much of the world's clothing and textiles. These can take up to 200 years to biodegrade, whereas wool will naturally break down much faster. When the life of a wool item ends, it will naturally degrade over time. As long as there is land for sheep to graze on, there will be fleece to shear and wool to weave.

Yarn winding onto cones on winding machine

Wools Natural Benefits

Known for warmth, the fibres of wool are very fine, naturally springy and permeable. Due to these properties, a lambswool scarf will retain a cosy warmth when worn far longer than a scarf made from synthetic materials. As a natural insulator, wool accessories such as scarves and stoles are the best choice for wrapping up warm. Not only does wool protect against the elements in the colder weather- wool can help the wearer stay cool in warm weather. It does this through its ability to draw moisture away from the body and release it to the air. Wool does this naturally and far more efficiently than other fabrics.

Another benefit of wool is that it is hypoallergenic with anti-bacterial properties - due to the structure of the fibre wool absorbs less dust and dirt. With a protective coating on its fibres, wool is more resistant to stains. Therefore requiring less cleaning than other fabrics. Another environmentally friendly point in favour of this natural wonder. 

Weaving Innovation With Tradition

We source our wool from all over the world. This allows us to ensure only the highest quality yarns are used in our textiles. Typically, British wool is more suited to tweeds and interior textiles than to tartans. We have recently launched our very own British Wool Premium Kilt Quality. Browse the collection here: Heavy Weight Tartan Fabric By The Metre | 16oz Strome Fabric | Lochcarron of Scotland

There are decades of expertise and traditional craftsmanship present in our manufacturing processes. Our heritage dates back as far as 1892. Our love of quality is at the heart of everything we do. When you purchase a Lochcarron of Scotland lambswool, fine wool or cashmere product you invest in decades of knowledge and passion woven into the cloth that’s intended to last the wearer for many years. Our textiles are a considered choice for your wardrobe and home made proudly in Scotland and made to last.

Tartan weaving on loom - Iona Silver

The wonders of wool are endless. We cannot wait to see what the next steps are for this wonderful fibre and it's development.

THE CAMPAIGN FOR WOOL

The Campaign for Wool is an organisation that operates worldwide to raise the profile of wool as a natural and sustainable fibre for both fashion and interiors. Launching in 2010, the Campaign for Wool has worked hard for over ten years to share their knowledge and educate multiple different industries on the benefits of wool.

Funded by British Wool, alongside many other wool-based organisations across the globe, have a look on their website to find out more about what they do and how you can get involved. -www.campaignforwool.org/

Lochcarron of Scotland's British Wool Premium Kilt  Quality

As the world's leading manufacturer of tartan, we feel it is important to adapt and develop with what is becoming one of the most important influencing factors of modern times, environmental sustainability. Our 100% British Wool Strome Kilt quality does just that.

Launching in September 2021 is the first major project at Lochcarron of Scotland. Our traditional 16oz cloth is the perfect handle for creating authentic Scottish Kilts, so it was only natural for its next step to becoming 100% British, and in fact, mostly Scottish.

Woven using wool from New Zealand, our previous kilt cloth fibre covered approximately 15,000 miles before reaching our HQ. By sourcing our wool more locally, within the UK, we are reducing the carbon footprint of our fabric. Now, this cloth covers under 400 road miles.

We are proud to launch our new British Wool Strome premium quality kilt cloth. Watch the journey of our British Wool Strome Kilt Cloth here, on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puXtAyV_0JU

Let us bring a little bit of Scotland to you and the ones you love with our abundance of beautifully crafted products and accessories to make any occasion that little bit more special. From luxuriously soft cashmere accessories to expertly made kilt accessories, we always put something special into our products. All of our fabric and woollen accessories are woven at our mill in Selkirk, Scotland, shop online with Lochcarron of Scotland.

 

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