About SheepskinSheep were first domesticated about 6000 years ago and became widely farmed because of their strong flocking instinct. Also, in this one animal was found all the basic needs of life at that time; food (meat and milk), clothing (wool) and shelter (sheepskin). Nothing was wasted.
Still today, all parts of the animal are used. The sheepskin is only one of the many by-products of the sheep farming industry. The sheepskin pelt is tanned and then used in many wonderful ways instead of being discarded.
Sheepskins used to make our products are a by-product of the food and wool industry. The sheep are primarily raised for their food value, and not their hides.
Sheepskin is a natural product that cannot be duplicated by man-made fibres. As with all natural products, blemishes and variations will occasionally occur. They contribute to the uniqueness of the skins and show that they are real and not imitations.
Sheepskin items have timeless value and will last for years with minimum care, such as brushing and shaking them out or by vacuuming. Many sheepskin products can also be gently hand or machine-washed in lukewarm water using wool wash or a non-enzyme liquid detergent. We recommend Eucalan Woolwash, a lanolin enriched biodegradable washing agent. Do not use Woolite or laundry detergents such as Tide! DO NOT WASH UNLESS YOU ARE SURE THAT YOUR SHEEPSKIN IS WASHABLE. If they have not been specifically marked or purchased as such, take them to a furrier for cleaning. Severe heat will damage sheepskins resulting in shrinking and hardening of the pelts.
Wool is a natural fibre dating all the way back to about 4000 B.C.. The unique structure of wool gives it amazing unmatched properties of resilience, durability and absorption. Wool acts like a natural thermostat for your body, keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter. The fibres, which are hollow, can absorb up to 30% of their own weight in moisture without feeling damp and at the same time repel water from a spill or rain.
Following a few simple tips will provide you with continued wearing enjoyment.
- Give wool items a 24-hour rest between wearing to shed wrinkles and to "breathe".
- Brush napped garments frequently.
- Follow the care label for garment cleaning.
- Prevent stretching in knitwear by folding in a drawer, instead of hanging.
- Treat stains promptly.
- Clean wool garments before off-season storage.