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Mercerised Merino (Woven)

Mercerised Merino enhances the natural look and feel, whilst retaining all wool’s natural advantages.

The mercerisation process for Merino wool is a chemical-based process normally applied to wool top or scoured loose wool which creates a ‘cashmere-like’ feel and a ‘silk-like’ appearance.

The technology

The mercerisation of wool involves the removal of the scale structure from the surface of the wool fibre which creates a smoother fibre surface, the effect of which is to increase the sheen. The second part of the process involves the application of a very fine layer of silicone polymer which is grafted permanently onto the fibres' surface.

The application of the silicone polymer brings about significant improvement in the hand feel.

The actual diameter (micron) of the fibre does not change as a result of the treatment, although the perceived improvement in hand feel is the equivalent of using wool two to three microns finer.

The features

  • Improved hand feel.
  • Brighter shades.
  • Machine washable option.
  • More compatible for blending with noble fibres.
  • Improved drape/fluidity.
  • Improved comfort.
  • Suitable for both worsted-spun and woollen-spun products.

For further information about Mercerised Merino contact your local Woolmark Company office.