MERINO WOOL – TREASURE FROM NATURE
We, in ZAJO, love the attributes of Merino wool that hides the best things nature can offer to us. The Merino wool products are a universal companion and basic clothing for every season and weather due to their attributes.
A bit of history
Man has been dressed in the wool for thousands of years. Our primitive predecessor was already wearing the sheep's fleeces and they spread out into Babylonian or Roman civilization as well. The Merino sheep were raised during the Industrial Revolution in 1797 in Spain, mainly because of their very fine wool. Two centuries of selective breeding created an authentic Merino wool with its functional properties.
New Zealand and Australia have gradually gained a dominant position for processing and exporting. The Merino wool found its first functional use mainly in military uniforms, working clothes and later functional clothes for active movement as well.
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The Merino wool fibres are three times finer than human hair, they are highly permeant and responsive to temperature changes. They adapt naturally and they are able to heat and cool human body in every weather. Thermal insulation is complemented with a capacity of moisture removal in form of a steam. The reason is a structure of Merino wool fibre which is covered with capillary tunnels in the direction of their growth. The moisture is being absorbed into the fibre up to a third of its volume, and it is pushed through the capillary to its end where it evaporates.
The Merino wool is naturally antibacterial. The reason is a combination of the ability of a complexly protein fibre to absorb moisture and an environment that is inappropriate for bacteria. The high fragmentation, broken surface and lanolin content cause that Merino products do not smell even after they are worn repeatedly. It is sufficient to air out the wet clothing after an active wearing. The Merino wool is also characterized by a natural antistatic capability, UV radiation absorption, or higher resistance to dirt.
Merino products of ZAJO
The premium Merino in ZAJO products originates from wild Australian pastures from pure sheep sheared by human beings without the use of painful Mulesing. The merino wool is in many ways an amazing material; therefore, we are glad to offer it with respect to nature without ethical compromises.
We, as members of ZAJO, are thanks to testing and experience trying to match the proven natural material to the needs of each of our models. The basis of the used innovations and technologies in our products represents for us a functionality, durability, endurance and comfort even at demanding outdoor activities.
In case of models Bjorn Merino, Elsa Merino and Elf Merino (83% Merino wool, 12% Nylon, 5% Spandex, 18.5 microns) is used a construction of a fine natural 18.5 micron Merino wool wrapped around a very fine core of nylon with a mixture of elastane. This solution keeps 100% Merino wool properties and offers higher resistance to tearing, abrasion, but greater flexibility as well. The fibres are fluffier which guarantees a shape stability as well. The result of the innovation is an increased resistance of our products, while preserving the ideal microclimate at any time of year.
The Bergen Merino and Nora Merino models (100% Merino wool, 100% Bamboo, 19.5 mic.) are a combination of two natural highly-functional materials. The outer layer is made up of fine 19.5 micron 100% merino wool and is complemented by an inner layer of 100% bamboo viscose. The resulting product is very suitable for people with more sensitive skin and it keeps all Merino wool properties. The combination of bamboo fibre and Merino wool is perfect for all kinds of activities in nature as well as a base layer for cooler winter conditions.
Wash new clothes before first wearing to wash out extra dye that can be transferred to your skin or other garments. Merino wool clothing doesn’t need to be washed as often as clothes made from other fibers. The best way to maintain your merino wool products is by exposure to fresh air. The best care way is hand wash in a basin with warm water and soap but do not allow to soak for too long to avoid shrinkage. In case of machine wash setup on a low to medium heat (30 degrees) on a cold cycle or use a wool wash/delicate option if available. Don’t not use fabric softeners because these will coat the merino fibres limiting the wool’s natural ability to actively managing your moisture and body temperature. Merino wool is generally very susceptible to mechanical damage, so do not wash them with clothing that has zippers, buckles, Velcro and is recommended to put your clothes to the textile bag. Be careful when wearing sharp edges with merino wool. Sharp edges pulling the yarns in the clothes and lead to holes so it is better to be careful. Merino wool is particularly susceptible to yellowing if exposed to sunlight.