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OUR WOOL

 
ALPACA WOOL
The alpaca; charming, gentle and responsible for producing some of the softest, most luxurious fibre found in nature. Today there are around 4 million alpacas - the majority living 3000-5000 meters above sea level in the Andes in Southern Peru. Alpacas live in a very harsh climate, where temperatures can fluctuate from minus 25 degrees at night to 25 degrees during the day.
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SUPER SOFT
An alpaca’s fleece is sumptuously silky and smooth, due to the fibres being extremely fine and thin.
HYPOALLERGENIC
Alpaca is the only fibre in the world that does not contain lanolin making it ideal for anyone with a wool allergy.
WARM & LIGHTWEIGHT
Alpaca fibre is hollow which makes it a great insulator. This lightweight product will keep you both warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
DURABLE
The structure of alpaca fleece makes it more hard wearing than other wool fibres, so you can rest assured your products will last for many years to come.
MINIMUM PILLING
As opposed to sheep wool, the alpaca fibres are smooth - resulting in minimum pilling in all of our products.
BEAUTIFUL COLOURS
Alpaca fleece is available in more than 20 subtle shades - more than any other natural fibre.
DIRT REPELLENT
Alpaca fleece is dirt repellent and can tolerate daily use for many years whilst maintaining its appearance. If it is necessary, we recommend you wash your products in ‘Woolite’ or with your own hair shampoo.
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Why So Cosy chooses Peruvian alpacas
The alpaca is a real treasure of Peru; it has learnt to adapt to a habitat of extreme conditions. Living at an altitude of over 4,000m and a temperature of -15’c, the alpaca has developed a fleece with unique thermal properties that is soft, yet strong with exceptional beauty due to it’s texture and range of natural colours.

So Cosy products are made using the highest quality alpaca fibres and combines the use of modern technology with the experience of Peruvian craftsmen.
 
CASHMERE
Cashmere comes from the Kashmir goat and, due to a small and costly production process, is considered to be the most luxurious of natural fibres. The softest wool comes from the underbelly and the throat.

Cashmere is extremely soft. It comes in several natural tones, white, grey and brown, can be easily dyed and is malleable enough to be woven into a variety of styles. More recently, cashmere has become a popular fabric for loungewear, due to it’s softness against the skin. It also has some natural stretch which makes it comfortable to wear and move around in.

Cashmere wool has a high moisture content which makes it able to adapt easily to temperature changes. This lightweight product will keep you both warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Cashmere is also extremely long lasting. Properly cared for, a cashmere throw will last a lifetime.
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Why So Cosy chooses Mongolian cashmere
The world's finest cashmere comes from Mongolian goats tended by nomadic herders. To withstand the bitter climate they live in, cashmere goats not only have a fleece of thick long hairs, but also an undercoat of fine down.

Each spring, this down is combed out and unwanted long hairs, grease, dirt and faeces are removed. Each goat makes around three to four ounces of cashmere which is enough for about half a sweater. Compare this to a regular sheep providing enough wool for three to four sweaters, and you can understand why cashmere is such an expensive material.
 
Lambswool and Pure New Wool fibre
Lambswool is soft, elastic and slippery. In order to be classified as lambswool, fibres must be shorter than 50mm from the sheep’s first shearing at the age of seven months.

Lambswool is an excellent insulator and ventilator, meaning it will keep you both warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It is one of the most durable and flexible fibres found in nature. Wool fibres have a waxy coating making it stain resistant and wool is anti-static so collects minimum dust. Wool is naturally safe, is not known to cause allergies and has natural disinfectant properties within it’s fibres. What’s more, recent developments now mean many wool products can also be safely machine washed.
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What is Pure New Wool?
Pure new wool is wool that has come directly from a living sheep and has not been treated, processed or woven before in any way. This wool is known for it’s extremely soft and fine qualities and provides excellent protection from the elements.

The Woolmark brand is the world’s best-known textile fibre brand and provides consumers with an assurance of quality. The logo is available for companies to license and indicates that the product contains 100% pure new wool.
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Why So Cosy chooses wool from Scandinavia and New Zealand
Sheep fleeces from these areas are softer and warmer due to the extremely bitter climates these animals live in.
 
Merino Wool
Merino wool is 100% natural and one of the oldest and most versatile fibres known to man. Not only is it known for being the softest, finest wool of any sheep, it is also exceptional at regulating body temperature, especially when worn next to the skin. Merino wool will warm you up quickly, but without you overheating. It will insulate you from the cold and keep you warm even if you’re damp or wet - drawing the moisture away from the skin.
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Why So Cosy chooses wool from Scandinavia and New Zealand
Sheep fleeces from these areas are softer and warmer due to the extremely bitter climates these animals live in.