Merino sheep are only found in a limited number of places in the world. Besides New Zealand and Argentina, the sheep species is also found in Africa. The well-known breed of sheep mainly roams in South Africa. Did you know that the merino wool of this African sheep has many advantages? Let us tell you more.
Merino sheep found in Morocco
The merino sheep is one of the best-known sheep species today. However, did you know that the origin of merino sheep is in Africa? Originally, the merino sheep came from a small Berber tribe in Morocco, a country in North Africa. This African Berber tribe is responsible for the success of the Merino sheep. During their Spanish rule, they established the so-called “Mesta”. This is a sort of sheep breeders’ guild that was to steer merino sheep breeding in the right direction.
Today, merino wool from merino sheep is used for many purposes. Especially in the garment industry, people are heavy users of merino wool. Think of many top athletes who use merino wool clothing during sports. But also with many businessmen men’s sweaters (in Dutch “herentruien”) or long-sleeved shirts made of merino wool cannot be missing. Why is it? Merino wool offers many advantages!
Merino wool is famous all over the world for its many qualities. There is hardly a softer fabric, which also offers the resistance of merino wool. In addition, merino wool is naturally antibacterial and breathable. This means less sweat on your body when wearing merino wool clothing. Merino wool even absorbs odor molecules from sweat, which are only released during machine washing. Speaking of which, all merino wool garments can simply be washed in the washing machine with the wool wash program these days. When doing so, keep in mind a maximum temperature (30 degrees) and do not set the spin speed to more than 600 rpm.
Need a washing machine?
By the way, you don’t need to use the washing machine very often. The antibacterial properties of merino wool mean that merino wool clothing can last a long time without having to be washed. Often just hanging it up overnight will make it fresh again the next day! This way you can wear the clothes 7 times before the washing machine is needed.
Choose merino wool
All these beautiful natural properties make merino wool an extremely pleasant fabric to wear. In hot summer due to its antibacterial properties and in colder period due to its temperature regulating ability.