Fibres of Life – Which Wools You Should Wear and Why

September 22, 2016

From the very start of its life, Moda Immagine have worked to establish new boundaries in knitwear, producing a wide range of garments to suit any season or situation. In order to coax forth this flexibility from our favoured garments, we strive to harness the many different types of Australian wool fibres available, each with unique characteristics that lend themselves to certain knits. But as the consumer and wearer of these fabrics, do you know which of them you should wear in say, the snow, or in humid weather? Would you know what difference it makes whether a sweater is merino or mohair? Read on to find out:


Popular in its homeland of Australia and throughout other regions of the world, this fabric represents a peak in the quality of sheep’s wool. Merino wool shares the common properties of woollen goods, being water resistant, biodegradable, and a natural insulator. The individual fibres of a merino fleece are finer and softer than other sheep’s wool, making it warm, elastic and soft to the touch. Merino garments are a great all-around wool garment, but especially appropriate for exercise or outdoor clothing.


Named after the region of India from whence it originated, this fabric is made from the fine underfur of goats originally native to that area. Since propagated around the world, their fur produces wool which is fine as merino and even more soft, explaining its historical status as a luxury good.


Fabrics made from the fleece of the Peruvian Alpaca is renowned for its lustrous and silky appearance. These fabrics lack the prickly texture of wool and are warmer wearing for cold climates. Alpaca wool is also the favourite of those with wool allergies, as it lacks the allergenic substance lanolin and thus is unlikely to provoke a reaction.


Another luxury variety of sheep’s wool, lambswool is the fleece taken from a sheep’s first shearing, around the time they are weaned from their mother’s milk. It is especially elastic, and has a capacity to absorb electric charge and regulate temperature superior to that of ordinary wool. It is also possible to purchase merino lambswool – which is as expensive and sought after as you might expect. Either form of the fabric makes for wonderful light and summer knitwear.

Hopefully this blog has helped you understand why Moda Immagine’s head artisans select the fabrics they do and the advantages essential to different parts of our range—all derived from 100% Australian wool. We also make use of several plant-fibre fabrics such as cotton, linen and modal, but perhaps we will discuss those amazing materials another time. Keep your woollens close until then!

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Size Guide
 Women's Clothing Size To fit chest - cm To fit waist - cm To fit hips - cm
XS/S  (8/10) 110-115 95-110 112-117
S/M  (10/12) 115-120 105-110 122-127
M/L  (12/16) 125-130 110-120 130-135
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