SCOURING / CARDING
When wool comes off the sheep, it’s referred to as Greasy Wool, as it contains a natural wool grease called Lanolin. Approximately 30% of the greasy wool weight is made up of lanolin, and vegetable matter. This vegetable matter and lanolin is removed during the scouring process using a series of warm water baths. After scouring, wool is carded and combed to align the fibres in one direction, ready for the next step in making the perfect wool garment.