Why Galway Wool?
By choosing Galway Wool – you are:
- Working with very rare wool from Ireland’s Native Breed of Sheep.
- Embracing Irish Culture & Heritage.
- Supporting local producers.
- Supporting sustainability, slow fashion, and the circular economy.
- Guaranteeing quality and longevity.
- Experiencing the inherent and natural benefits of wool.
Choosing Galway Wool, a natural fibre, is not only an environmentally sustainable choice but socially and economically beneficial to rural Ireland also.
Supporting biodiversity and a greener environment, users of Galway Wool have chosen a natural fibre that is grown from Native Irish Sheep reared by mother nature on lush green pastures.
Creating and making with Galway Wool authenticates the Irish cultural integrity of your produce. This natural bio-fibre is ‘Of Ireland & Woven by Nature’. It is unlike many other types of wool that are imported to Ireland and subsequently labelled as Irish. If it’s not Galway Wool, is it really Irish?
The origins of the sheep flock that produce the Galway Wool have a historic record dating back over 100 years.
The real fabric of Irish Culture and Heritage is woven into every piece created using Galway Wool.
Working with Galway Wool is an incredibly healthy choice as it is free from harmful toxins known as VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) which are released from synthetic fibres. It is also non-allergenic and does not promote the growth of bacteria and dust mites.
Galway Wool as a YARN
Snowy White Galway fleece is an exceptional multipurpose fibre. It gives excellent definition and structure. When used in combination with finer and soft wool, it makes an ideal fibre for both outer and inner worn garments.
Classified as ‘long wool’ sheep, the staples from a Galway Fleece are not exceptionally long, they are firm and crisp with an indistinct, fluffy crimp. The staples are long enough for Worsted Spinning, giving good stitch definition and making it an ideal yarn for textured knits such as Aran.
Galway Wool is resilient, extending the life, length, and enjoyment of garments and crafts produced from Galway Fleece.
Some parts of the Galway fleece can be used for garments worn next to the skin, whilst all of the fleece can be used in a variety of creative ways such as home interior and lifestyle products.
Whilst not regarded as soft or fine wool when combined with all types of softer wool including merino, it provides structure and strength whilst supporting the preservation of Irelands Native beautiful white sheep.