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The Style Knowledge | Shetland Wool

The Style Knowledge | Shetland Wool

This winter there's going to be an awful lot of shetland wool around. Let us explain what makes it so special through the means of a Ralph Lauren Jumper. 

Shetland wool is, specifically, wool from Shetland sheep. It's usually loosely twisted and known for its warmth. It¹s a sustainable and natural fibre and is used on anything from tea cosies to bedding. And jumpers obviously.

Shetland sheep have been around for a while, having been the result of breeding when Norwegians moved to Scotland in aound 500AD. Their official discovery was made in 1786 but it wasn't until 1927 that the Shetland Flock Book Society was formed and regulations as to which sheep could be called Shetland were made.

As of 2008, there was 1031 lambs by 149 breeders in Scotland, which makes things like this jumper from Ralph Lauren a worthy buy. (£195, Oi Polloi)