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Duwamish

Specifications

Certification

Oeko-Tex 100

Content

100% non-mulesed wool

Useable Width

55” / 148 CM

Weight

10 oz yd2 / 330 gm m2

Abrasion

40,000 Martindale. - Footnote directing to discussion of abrasion ratings

Care

Hand wash in cool temperatures; Shrinks 15% the first time you wash in cool; or professionally green clean. 

Uses

Duwamish was chosen by the costume department for a big – still unknown by us – film (or TV show ) being filmed in Northern Ireland (2020).  We’ll let you know when it is released!  Other than medieval costumes: Upholstery, drapery, blankets, coats, dresses, suits, capes, hats, scarves.


What is non-mulesed wool? 
As with all our wool fabrics, they are non-mulesed. One of the animal husbandry issues unique to sheep is the practice of mulesing. Sheep which are raised in certain climates (as much of Australia) are susceptible to a condition called “fly-strike.” What is fly-strike? A certain type of fly, called blow flies, lay eggs on sheep’s back legs when the sheep are less than clean. When the flies hatch, these maggots burrow in any slightly raw or inflamed area and literally eat their victim alive. To control this condition herders “mules” the sheep, which means cutting away large swaths of the skin on their hindquarters and back legs that is susceptible to the borrowing maggots. Mulesing is traditionally done without anesthetics, and is inhumane. Our wool is from tiny ranchers in Uruguay, who have never needed to mules sheep as fly-strike is unknown in Central and South America.

Another note about wool
We are aggressive animal rights people, but we do offer a few wool fabrics. Yes, we have had the small ranch in Uruguay surprise checked. We also believe that hooved animals are a critical part of carbon neutral or positive farming. We do know we are far from that ideal!