This History of Wool

When was wool discovered in Britain? 
The history of wool is an important part of Britain’s history and heritage. It was the core commodity to Britain’s wealth and first woven in cloth in the Bronze Age. During this period, the United Kingdom became the main place for producing wool due to is well-developed wool growing and manufacturing industries. 

Wool is a thoroughly modern fibre that has been around for 10,000 years. Wool is obtained from Sheep and other animals. Cashmere and Mohair come from goats, Quivit (typically used in hats and scarf) from muskox. Throughout history, wool has been a versatile unique fibre that has led to its amazingly broad range and multi-purpose usage. To name a few, astronauts used wool for extra comfort in their confined spacecraft. Wool clothing protects mountain climbers from snowy weather, and it was also used during the Civil War to make soldier’s uniform. In addition to clothing, wool has been used for blankets, rugs, saddle clothes and carpeting.

How is wool made?
Back in history, wool was spun in one hand and twisted into threads with the fingers of the other hand. Years later, a crude spindle was invested and made wool spinning a lot easier. Today, manufacturers typically spin wool on a mule spinning machine. The process usually consists of shearing, cleaning and sourcing, grading and sorting, carding, spinning, weaving and finish. 

Why wool is used as a winter clothing? 
At Harvie and Hudson, we use wool fabric to our make wool coats, wool trousers, wool suits and socks during the winter. Wool is the perfect fabric to use for our luxury garments because wool is wrinkle-resistant, retains shape, durable and comfortable to wear all day long. Discover our collection of wool fabric clothing. 


Wool Jacket


Wool Trousers


Wool Jumper


Wool Suit


Wool Socks