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Knitted garments

In our knitted garments we use different kinds of high-quality materials and different knitting techniques. The appearance and softness of the garment depend on the knitting technique that is used.

Merino Wool

Merino wool comes from the merino sheep and it is a very fine and soft wool. We use merino wool in many of our knitted garments. In comparison to synthetics, merino wool is an active fiber, so it helps you stay warm when the weather is cold, and cool when the weather is hot. The Merino wool comes from Australia and New Zealand were the merino sheep lives in the free and they are shaved once a year. Each sheep gives 1 to 14 kilo wool each year which gives fibers to produce 3 to 42 sweaters. Merino wool fits all year around due to their natural characteristics of making you warm when needed and cool you when you are hot, therefore you will always find merino wool products in our collections, regardless the season.

All our merino wool is not 100% mulesing free yet but the goal is that we are going to be working with only mulesing free yarn as soon as ever possible. All the solid yarn is now mulesing free and some of the mélange. Fun facts about the Merino wool and the sheep: -A merino sheep can produce up to 103 kilos of wool in its lifetime. -The merino wool is a very strong fiber. It can bend back on itself 20,000 times without breaking. Other fibers are not so strong: cotton can bend 3,200 times, silk 1,800, and rayon only 75 times.

What does it mean that the merino wool is mulesing free?
Mulesing is a process performed on merino sheep to prevent flies to attack the sheep, as their wrinkled skin on the buttocks is easily attacked. The procedure involves scalping the hindquarters of the sheep so that the flies cannot lay eggs in the wrinkles. Unfortunately, the procedure can be painful and is often performed without stunning. Mulesingless merino wool means that this method has not been applied to the sheep from which the wool comes. The amount of mulesing free merino wool is unfortunately limited.

At Stenströms the Merino wool can be traced to:
100% Extra Fine Merino Wool:
Yarn – Cashwool from Zegna Baruffa, Italy 
Garment – Made in Poland

100% Garment Dyed Merino Wool:
Yarn – Safiella from Biella Yarn, Italy.
Garment – Made in Italy

 

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Cashmere

One of the most luxurious materials in the world, and a true classic in the wardrobe is the cashmere garment. Cashmere comes from the Kashmir goat and has a very soft and airy-light feel and texture. Cashmere is ideal when you want to stay warm because cashmere fiber has more loft than, for example, merino wool, so it's more insulating. The cashmere goat lives in an extremely cold climate at the high heights of the Gobi Desert, which extends between China, Mongolia, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The largest part of cashmere wool is today produced in China, but the cashmere goat has its roots from Mongolia where cashmere wool has been produced for thousands of years. The goats get shaved and combed when the weather gets warmer once a year, and they are no longer in need of their coats. It takes about two to four years for a goat to produce enough wool to knit one cashmere sweater, so it is understandable that cashmere products are a bit more expensive than other knitted garments.

The cashmere that we use is traceable to farm and we visit our suppliers on a regular basis.

Facts about cashmere:
- In order to produce one average-sized sweater, you will need wool from between 3 and 5 goats
- Cashmere fiber is six times finer compared to human hair
- Cashmere was used by noblemen in the Roman Empire. Starting from the 18th century, this material became popular among European royal families and aristocrats.

Why does cashmere pilling occur?
Pilling occurs as a result of the fabric rubbing against itself or another surface. This is why you'll notice pilling most on the sides of your jumper and the sleeves, where your arms, desk or even hand bag repeatedly rub against it. Pills can be easily removed using a cashmere comb or garment bristle brush — never use a razor or scissors as you'll damage the fibers and make it worse. After washing, lie the garment flat and use the comb, brushing in one direction to gently remove pills. Your garment will look as brand new as the day your bought it after this process.

At Stenströms the cashmere can be traced to:
Yarn – Hutton from Zhongyin, China
Garment – Made in China

 

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Yak

The majestic yak is a long-haired bovid animal that lives freely on the highest heights in the world, in the Himalayas. Its unique coat allows the animals to survive harsh weather conditions. The yak wool is 30% warmer than sheep's wool and has a better breathability than cashmere but the thickness and hand feel can be equally compared. The natural color of yak is chocolate brown, but the fibers can be dyed in a wide variety of colors. In order to maintain the natural color of the fiber, the color scale usually goes to the darker tones to avoid using bleach. Every year each yak gives only 100g of fine fiber which translates into one third of a 100% yak wool sweater.

At Stenströms the Yak wool can be traced to:
Yarn – Sublime from UPW, China
Garment – Made in China

Linen

Linen as a fiber, yarn, and fabric are made from the flax plant. Flax is one of the oldest textiles’ fibers used by humans. Fine linen fabrics have been discovered in ancient Egyptian tombs. The fiber is obtained by subjecting plant stalks to a series of operations, including retting, drying, crushing, and beating. Linen is a fabric that is stronger than cotton, dries quicker, and does not become that effected of sunlight, in regarding of fading colors and so on. Linen is not a very elastic fabric and a little harder, but the texture is smooth which makes it an easy wrinkling fabric. Linen is a perfect fabric for warmer weather, because it absorbs and releases moisture quickly and dose not absorb the heat.

Camel

Camel hair specifically refers to the fur from the body of a camel. Camel hair is collected
from the Bactrian camel that lives in Asia; from eastern Turkey and China to Siberia. Significant countries that supplies camel hair includes Mongolia were this specific yarn; Cammello is made from. Other countries are Tibet, Afghanistan, Iran, Russia, China, New Zealand and Australia. Camel hair is a luxury fiber and often spun to a woven cloth to make outer coats in their natural color; Camel. The hair naturally sheds during late spring and gets collected by hand. Each camel can give approximately 2.25 kilo of hair each year, that gives approximately yarn to seven sweaters. The hair can also be collected by shearing or combing. All camel hair is a very natural fiber due to the color and natural sheading.

At Stenströms the Camel wool can be traced to:
100% Camel hair
Yarn – Cammello from Biagioli, Italy
Garment – Made in China

 

Lamb´s wool

Lamb’s wool is the soft wool obtained from lambs the very first time they are sheared and is the highest quality of sheep’s wool. Lamb’s wool fibers have a much smaller diameter than wool from older sheep, making the wool softer. With lamb´s wool it is less likely to feel that itch you can experience with another sheep wool. Wool is well-known to be strong and resilient. Wool fiber can be bent 20,000 times without breaking and still have the power to recover; it will however naturally biodegrade when the time comes. Which makes it a environmental friendly fabric. Old wool fabric and fiber can be recycled for many uses including insulation and geotextiles, as well as being an effective compost as it slowly releases nitrogen rich nutrients back to the soil.

 

Cotton/Silk

Cotton comes from the cotton plants, and silk comes from the Bombyx Mori silkworm. The combination of these two can be called Cot silk, a fine and soft material. Mulberry silk comes from the Bombyx Mori silkworm. The silkworm spins a cocoon, which may produce 500-800 meters of fine, elastic silk thread. The thickness and weight of the finished fabric depends on how many threads are spun together, but characteristics in common are its luster and drape. Cotton yarns are available in a range of qualities and thicknesses.

 

Silk/Cashmere

This blend is very popular because of its soft feel. The cashmere has a warming effect and softness, and the silk brings even more softness and a bit of shine. Pilling is normal with this blend, as well as for 100% cashmere, but it is most often seen in areas most exposed to friction, like under the arms and down on the side. You can easily remove them with a good cashmere comb. After using the sweater a few times, the pilling tends to go away.

At Stenströms the Silk/Cashmere wool can be traced to:
55% silk, 45 % cashmere
Yarn – Consinee from China
Garment – Made in China

 

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