Casual and relaxed clothes benefit from using a casual and relaxed fabric. Wool, although well known for its clean and pristine looks, is versatile enough to take on a mottled or vintage appearance by virtue of its ability to felt.
With Mottled Merino a special yarn has been created by randomly mixing untreated and anti-felt treated regions within the yarn to create a highly textured and mottled aspect after milling.
Two technologies are available which give similar results:
1. Yarn Printing:
A normal untreated wool yarn is printed with a polyurethane easy care polymer according to a randomised pattern using a special computer controlled continuous yarn pad-dyeing machine.
2. Fancy Spinning:
Two separate types (untreated wool and easy care treated wool) of worsted roving are fed into the drafting zone of the spinning machine at the same time. Computer-controlled feed-rollers vary the proportion of each roving between 0% and 100% whilst maintaining the correct overall roving weight, and thus yarn count.
The resulting yarns contain randomly distributed regions of potentially shrinkable wool. During wet finishing a random distribution of felted and un-felted regions develops within the fabric which creates surface distortions, and a casual look.
For further information about Mottled Merino contact your local Woolmark Company office.