Merino wool: Warm in winters, cool in summers

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 4 (PTI) This winter when you pull out woolens from the wardrobe, you may not have to put them back in again.Apparels made out of Australian merino wool promise not only to keep you warm during the colder months of the year, but also cool during those sultry summer days.The Woolmark Company, based out of the Pacific island nation, has launched a Grown in Australia, Made in India initiative that has roped in local Indian artisans to manufacture Merino wool garments.According to the company, the fabric is trans-seasonal, suitable for summers as well as winters.”It is not 100 per cent wool that works well with climate in India. Its more of blends, so cool wool is one amongst them,” says Arti Gudal, Country Manager of Woolmark India.Merino fibres being extremely fine, are capable of bending far more than traditional, coarser wool fibres and react to changes in body temperature.”So it helps you stay warm when the weather is cold, and cool when the weather is hot,” she says.According to Gudal, Indian designers have been at the forefront in using wool prominently.The companys initiative recently saw a fashion show by designers Karishma Jamwal and Jimit Mistry for brands like Monte Carlo, highlighting the versatility of the fabric.Transforming wool into fabrics like linen wool and several other blends goes well with the Indian climate.”Our blend comprises of 50 per cent wool and any other natural fiber that suits tropical climes. We are also getting into the sports segment and are working with Adidas to create garments with the inner layers made of wool to absorb sweat,” Gudal said.advertisement”Australian wool and the industry serves as part of the research to improve the wool we produce in India. We look forward to the textile ministry and the wool board in India to come together and understand what the wool industry is looking for here,” she said.For Satya Prakash Thakur, the Chairman of Kullu-based Buttico, wool being part of the Indian tradition, has a huge potential market in the form of handloom and handicrafts.”Indian wool is a bit coarse. Since merino wool is cool and be used both in summers and winters, in hills we use this fabric throughout the year.”There is a huge market for hand knitted sweaters, shawls and scarves and we even guide our artisans with international fashion trends to meet the demands abroad,” Prakash said. PTI RJS BSA TRS TRSlast_img read more