Merino comes from the Merino sheep. It is a natural fibre. There are over 200 breeds of sheep, and the Merino is famed for their fine, soft wool and their ability to thrive in extreme climates. They are recognised by their wrinkly skins and fleeces, and rams with large curly horns. Merino sheep were originally from Spain and can now be found in New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and South Africa.
There are over 200 breeds of sheep, but the Merino has some unique properties that make it ideal for our next-to-skin clothing.
The Merino sheep grow wool that is super soft and fine making it comfortable next to your skin. If the wool was not soft, you would feel the wool itching you and it would not be very comfortable.
Merino wool is naturally long and makes for a stronger fibre. This is important, as a garment that is made up of too many short fibres is prone hole easily.
Merino wool has a natural crimp to it. This increases the resilience of the yarn and fabric, meaning that it stretches easily. It also increases the loft, which makes the garment warmer.