Wool vs. Cotton. It is an age old debate. As textiles of varying material content become more readily available, most of us have the luxury of an abundance of articles of clothing or accessories from which to choose. While style and fit are a driving factor, the intelligent consumer cannot ignore fabric content. With high quality textiles, the most often choice is between cotton and wool.
So why choose wool? Wool has many benefits:
Wool fibers can withstand up to 20,000 bends. What does that mean? It means that wool clothing can be worn many times while effortlessly maintaining its shape. Cotton fibers, on average, can withstand 3,000.
Wool is also naturally spill-resistant. Small liquid spills and other little messes typically wipe off easily with little to no fiber penetration.
Wool naturally wicks. What does that mean? Wool fibers draw pull liquid away from the skin (sweat, rainwater, etc) which keeps the body either warm in cold weather or cool in warm weather.
When wool fibers are woven together, tiny air pockets are created in the textile. These air pockets give wool its insulating properties.