Silk & Merino Blend (Ashford) - 4 oz

Silk & Merino Blend
from Ashford Wheels and Looms

Ashford's Mulberry Silk & Merino is a sumptuous fibre blend in a number of beautiful colour ways, made from 80% New Zealand Merino and 20% Mulberry Silk.

The fine 22 micron Merino with the lustre of the silk makes this a luxurious blend. Ideal for spinning a lace, lightweight, or semi-worsted yarn. Felt the fibre creating fine flowing fabrics. Use your handspun yarns as weft or - yes even a warp -  making beautiful pieces you'll love to wear next to your skin.

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Ashford Merino top is a 100% New Zealand product with wool from pasture-fed sheep from our high country sheep stations. We know many of the farmers – some of whom have farmed the land for generations. They take great pride in the quality of their wool and the high standard of animal husbandry. The sheep are well cared for and are not mulesed.

After the sheep are shorn, on the farm, the wool is carefully skirted and checked. Only wool that is sound, clean with good fibre length, bulk and colour is selected. It is sent to a boutique New Zealand mill to be dyed, carded and combed.

It is scoured (washed)  using an environmentally-friendly, biodegradable detergent  . The wool is then dried and dyed. The dyes comply with the strict EU regulations and garments made from the sliver can be certified under the Oeko-Tex Standard 100. This standard is the most widely known standard for certification of ecologically-safe clothing. (Detailed information can be found at www.oekotex.com). The fibre is then gently opened and conditioned. Carding machines align the fibres and remove any foreign matter. It is then gilled and combed.