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At Brora we’re passionate about wool. We use various different types of wool to make our cosy jumpers, scarves, trousers, jackets, coats, blankets and more. We love wool for being natural, biodegradable, strong, durable, breathable and also the perfect insulator for those colder months. Texture, warmth, sustainability and style, what’s not to love about wool?

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Wool is a protein fibre formed in the skin of a sheep or alpaca and is thus one hundred percent natural. Since the Stone Age, it has been appreciated as one of the most effective forms of all-weather protection known to man, and science is yet to produce a fibre which matches its unique properties.

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As long as there is grass to graze on, every year the sheep or alpaca will produce a new fleece; making wool a renewable fibre source. Woolgrowers actively work to safeguard the environment and improve efficiency, endeavouring to make the wool industry sustainable for future generations.

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At the end of its useful life, wool can be returned to the soil, where it decomposes, releasing valuable nutrients into the ground. When a natural wool fibre is disposed of in soil, it takes a very short time to break down, whereas most synthetics can take generations to degrade.

Wool is a breathable and resilient natural insulator which is why it is the perfect choice for making many of our cosy Brora jumpers. Wool fibres resist tearing and can be bent back on themselves over 20,000 times without breaking. Due to its crimped structure, wool is also naturally elastic, and so wool garments can stretch comfortably with the wearer but are then able to return to their natural shape, making them resistant to wrinkling and sagging. Wool therefore maintains its appearance in the longer term, adding value to the product and its lifespan. Wool is also hydrophilic—it is highly absorbent and retains liquids—and so dyes richly while remaining colourfast, without the use of harsh, unnatural chemicals.

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At Brora we use lots of different types of wool; Alpaca, Merino, Mohair, Shetland, Lambswool and Supersoft Lambswool to name a few. As knitwear specialists, we will always factor in the different properties of the different yarns we use when designing our collections and can therefore choose, with expert knowledge, the right wool to use for each of our designs.

When our customers started asking for knitwear made from yarns other than our Scottish cashmere, we searched around for the best suppliers for each of the different kinds of wool. We now have fabulous relationships with various mills around the world who are specialists in producing clothing from the different yarns available worldwide. Every year, we take part in The Campaign for Wool which aims to raise awareness amongst consumers about the unique, natural, renewable and biodegradable benefits that wool has to offer.

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At Brora we’re passionate about wool. We use various different types of wool to make our cosy jumpers, scarves, trousers, jackets, coats, blankets and more. We love wool for being natural, biodegradable, strong, durable, breathable and also the perfect insulator for those colder months. Texture, warmth, sustainability and style, what’s not to love about wool?

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Wool is a protein fibre formed in the skin of a sheep or alpaca and is thus one hundred percent natural. Since the Stone Age, it has been appreciated as one of the most effective forms of all-weather protection known to man, and science is yet to produce a fibre which matches its unique properties.

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As long as there is grass to graze on, every year the sheep or alpaca will produce a new fleece; making wool a renewable fibre source. Woolgrowers actively work to safeguard the environment and improve efficiency, endeavouring to make the wool industry sustainable for future generations.

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At the end of its useful life, wool can be returned to the soil, where it decomposes, releasing valuable nutrients into the ground. When a natural wool fibre is disposed of in soil, it takes a very short time to break down, whereas most synthetics can take generations to degrade.

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Wool is a breathable and resilient natural insulator which is why it is the perfect choice for making many of our cosy Brora jumpers. Wool fibres resist tearing and can be bent back on themselves over 20,000 times without breaking. Due to its crimped structure, wool is also naturally elastic, and so wool garments can stretch comfortably with the wearer but are then able to return to their natural shape, making them resistant to wrinkling and sagging. Wool therefore maintains its appearance in the longer term, adding value to the product and its lifespan. Wool is also hydrophilic—it is highly absorbent and retains liquids—and so dyes richly while remaining colourfast, without the use of harsh, unnatural chemicals.

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The Lifecycle of our Wool

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At Brora we use lots of different types of wool; Alpaca, Merino, Mohair, Shetland, Lambswool and Supersoft Lambswool to name a few. As knitwear specialists, we will always factor in the different properties of the different yarns we use when designing our collections and can therefore choose, with expert knowledge, the right wool to use for each of our designs.

When our customers started asking for knitwear made from yarns other than our Scottish cashmere, we searched around for the best suppliers for each of the different kinds of wool. We now have fabulous relationships with various mills around the world who are specialists in producing clothing from the different yarns available worldwide. Every year, we take part in The Campaign for Wool which aims to raise awareness amongst consumers about the unique, natural, renewable and biodegradable benefits that wool has to offer.

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