Mt. Hood is bouclé of tiny, very tightly woven boucle balls. Do not be fooled by the light ness of the fabric. Mt Hood is extremely strong, and is great for upholstery. It also has a gorgeous drape and works well as drapery or clothing – for anything you need a very strong, drapable, totally washable fabric.
As with all our wool fabrics, they are non-mulesed. What is non-mulesed wool? 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.
The Fabric Name
Mt. Hood is the second most climbed mountain in the world. Located about 50 miles east-southeast of Portland, in the Cascade Volcanic Arc, Mt. Hood is crowned by 11 glaciers and is home to the only year-round ski resort in North America.
- abrasion test results: 40,000 Martindale
- care: Pre-shrunk. Easy to care for. Washable in any temperature, but use cool temps to preserve color and energy.
- weight: 12.0 oz yd2 / 407 gm m2
- width: 55" / 139 cm