Woolclassing and the sense of touch
go hand in hand.
Ninety percent of wool classing is being able
to sense a softer fleece from a
not so soft fleece of wool, even though,
for all intents and purposes,
they may appear equal
in all other attributes.
It almost goes without saying that
the softer the fleece the higher its chance
of being turned into very expensive cloth,
or clothing worn close to one’s skin.
Not so soft, wool is turned
into those garments worn on the outside,
while very strong or coarse wool is
made into material which has to withstand
lots of wear…for example carpets.
In the 1960s I had a suit which was prickly.
The 1970s saw the advent of Celsius 30.
Lightweight and smooth to touch.
In 2016, I purchased a suit in Dubai
made from Nobility 150 wool
grown in Queensland.
It did not have the high Italian price
attached to it once currency exchanges
and discounts offered by the retailer
The fleece in the photo does not fit into any category mentioned.
The fact that it was sitting on my wool table after shearing
had been completed says that it was an oddball and did not
remotely match any other wool.
The sense of touch.