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Did you know ?
The term pullover refers to the way in which the garment is put on, as it had no zipper or button.
The sweater has been an integral part of our wardrobes for decades, whether it is winter, summer or mid-season, it remains the flagship garment for all seasons. It can be worn indoors or outdoors and for all occasions.
There are many things to know about the Irish sweater. The qualities of the Aran sweater relate to the island from which it takes its name, the island of Aran.
The wool used to make these sweaters is 100% natural and breathable while retaining its known property of thermal insulation. This pullover can absorb moisture, about 30% of its weight, before it gets wet.
You can pair your wool sweater with blue or black jeans for a casual weekend outfit. To complete your outfit, add a pair of low top trainers. For a 100% British look, pair your wool sweater with a Duffle-Coat in winter.
The history of merino wool
Merino wool comes from a particular breed of sheep called the merino sheep. Originally from North Africa, this type of sheep arrived in Spain during the Middle Ages and then spread all over the world, from South America, through Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and even France. Merino sheep hair is known to be very fine due to its dense fleece. This type of wool also has the advantage of being 100% natural, without chemical treatment. All the merino sheep need is a little water, air and grass to produce new wool every year, resulting in a healthy harvest for humans.
The short history of lambswool
First of all, the word lambswool, in French means wool of lamb, this wool is the first shearing of the lamb at about seven months of age, hence its very light, short and fine characteristics.
Indeed, the first lambs are thought to have been bred in the Middle East over 12,000 years ago. They were bred for food, but very soon this lamb's wool was used for clothing: a piece of lamb's wool was used to clothe oneself and to insulate oneself from the cold during the winter.
How to wash your wool pullover?
For hand washing, you will need:
• A basin with warm water (not more than 30°)
• A wool detergent specially adapted for hand washing
Soak your wool pullover in lukewarm water for about 20 minutes. If there is a stain to remove, gently rub the jumper between your fingers in the soapy water. Do this gently, otherwise it may become puffy. Then rinse it with cold water until the detergent is gone.
Once your wool pullover has been washed, do not wring it out as this will damage the knitwear. Lay it flat against the wall of the bathtub or shower and apply gentle pressure to the jumper so that the water drains out. Then wrap it in a dry towel to soak up the last drops of water. Finally, lay it flat on a towel and let dry in the open air.
For machine washing:
Before putting your wool pullover in the machine, you should first make sure that you have a special wool programme. The washing temperature should never be higher than 30°, otherwise your clothe will shrink or warp.
Once the wool pullover has been washed, gently remove it from the machine and let it air dry on a towel.
Once it is dry, if you find any pilling, do not remove it by hand, but gently file it away with a razor.