Each Worthington Corners scarf collection is manufactured of the highest quality wool materials in an Irish mill dating back to the 19th century. We pride ourselves on utilizing all natural materials and never incorporating any synthetic or man-made fibers into our products unlike those found in lower quality scarves. The different types of natural wools used in our products gives unique characteristics to their collection, with ranges in texture, softness, thickness, and openness of the weave. While our current collection features pure cashmere, merino wool, and mohair, high quality scarves often also use lambswool, alpaca, silk, linen, and occasionally the rare vicuna.
There are many steps required from start to finish when weaving a wool scarf. First, the wool must be sheared from the sheep. This initial cut of wool is called the "fleece." The fleece must then be cleaned prior to be processed into a wool yarn. As much as half of the weight of the fleece can be lost during the cleaning process. Once washed, the wool is put through a multi-step process known as carding to comb the wool prior to being spun onto bobbins to begin the weaving process. Next, the wool threads are inserted into a drum in the desired pattern. That drum then feeds into a loom to begin the weaving process. Once woven, the fabric is cut into the desired dimensions and placed in a fringing machine to create the fringed ends on each of our collections. After the fringe is finished, the product is washed, dried, given a thorough final inspection, and prepared for shipment to our discerning customers.
About Our Fabrics
Merino wool comes from the hair of the domesticated Merino sheep. Merino wool is finely crimped and soft. The ultra fine strains of Merino are suitable for clothing on their own and also often blended with cashmere or silk. Merino is one of the softest types of wool available, because of finer fibers and smaller scales. And unlike other man-made and synthetic fibers, Merino is a natural material that adapts to your body's temperature to regulate insulation and breathability.
Cashmere wool is spun from the hair of the cashmere goat. The cashmere, or "Kashmir," goat originates from the Kashmir region in Pakistan and Northern India. Cashmere fibers are often finer and softer than sheep's wool. Cashmere is also warmer than regular wool as it provides three times as much insulation.
Mohair is spun from the long silky hair of the Angora goat. It has both excellent insulating properties and moisture wicking properties to keep you warm and dry. Mohair fibers give off a particular luster due to the way that they reflect light. They also absorb dies extremely well, leading to bright, vivid colors. Nicknamed the "diamond fiber" because of its beautiful sheen, it is one of the most soft, luxurious, and durable types of wool fibers.