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100% non-mulesed wool
54" / 137 cm
16.8 oz yd2 / 569 gm m2
Washable in cool water; line or air dry. Shrinkage 3% in width and 7% in length.
The Palouse region was once an extensive prairie in the northwest region of the United States, composed of mid-length perennial grasses such as Bluebunch wheatgrass and Idaho fescue. Today virtually all of the Palouse prairie is planted in agricultural crops. The native prairie is one of the most endangered ecosystems in the United States, and only a little over one percent of the original prairie still exists.
Palouse, the fabric, is 100% wool felt, made from virgin Uruguayan wool from free range sheep which were humanely raised: the sheep are certified non-mulesed. Mulesing is a cruel and extremely painful practice, which is the cheapest method to protect sheep from flystrike. We won't go into the details of flystrike or mulesing, which can be very upsetting, but, for the details please click here:
Our good news is that we NEVER use wool from mulesed sheep.
Because the wool is felted, it resists spills, which sit on top of the fabric and so you have a few minutes to scoop it up before it soaks into the fibers. Rated at 80,000 Martindale1, it can be used anyplace with aplomb. Palouse is a sturdy, and handsome, workhorse.
Palouse is an Oeko Tex 100 certified fabric. Oeko Tex is one of the oldest third party certifications, launched in 1992. It is designed to provide an objective and reliable product label for consumers whose aim is to ensure that products pose no risk to human health. The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 tests only the end product. Processing is not addressed, for example, wastewater treatment is not included, nor are workers rights addressed. It is NOT an organic certification and products bearing this mark are not necessarily made from organically grown fibers. Oeko Tex is only concerned with the safety of the final product. The certification process includes thorough testing for a lengthy list of chemicals, including all of the chemicals of concern, among which are lead, antimony, arsenic, phthalates, pesticides, and chlorinated phenols. The official table of limits for tested chemicals may be found on the Oeko-Tex website:
Specifically banned are:
Textile products bearing the Oeko-Tex 100 certification mark, in addition to being safe use, have a skin friendly pH. Skin's natural pH is a tad acidic, and when it's eroded your defenses are down, leaving you vulnerable to bacteria, moisture loss, and irritation. Oeko-Tex certified fabrics will not create these stresses. And the fabrics will feel lovely against your skin.
The mill where this fabric was woven uses hydro and natural gas fuel power which has low emissions. The mill is an ISO 9001 certified facility.
This hard-working fabric can withstand the rigors of commercial applications while also providing the exceptional benefits of wool: ,
1For a discussion of what the abrasion ratings mean, please click here.