Nimbus : Our Possum, Merino & Silk Blend - Perino by Woolyarns

Nimbus - A cloud filled with promise

Perino Nimbus by Woolyarns is a delicate and cloudy fibre that melts into your skin. Woolyarns Perino collection ensures luxurious fibre that provides unequivocal warmth whilst ensuring sustainable and ethical sourcing. Nimbus is a combination fibre that incorporates different fibres and accompanying attributes to create a warmer, softer, stronger fibre. 

Merino and possum blend to make a sustainable match made in heaven, but Woolyarns knew it needed a touch of silk to make it as buttery soft as possible. A 65% Fine ZQ Merino, 25% Brushtail Possum Down and 10% Mulberry Silk blend ensures luxury without compromise.

ZQ is the worlds leading source of ethical wool, and it's majoritively sourced from Aotearoa. Merino wool comes from the Merino sheep breed. Merino sheep are known for their luxuriously fine, soft wool and their ability to thrive in extreme climates, such as the treacherous high country of the South Island, Aotearoa. Merino sheep make up less than 10% of all Aotearoas sheep population and are outnumbered by sheep that have similar wool qualities without the softness these wool fibres you'll find in rugs and carpets due to the course texture.  

ZQ pride itself on being the most ethical source of wool, but they also supply the best quality. Quality with the compromise of sustainability or ethics can be a complicated balance as it costs more time and effort for the same outcome. ZQ refuses to believe that the compromise exists as they believe that wool has the right to be sourced in a way that promotes the animal's health and welfare, preserves the environment used for farming and is traceable back to every source. ZQ merino is the best quality available on the market, and being local adds benefit to Aotearoa's economy.

To see more information about Woolyarns brushtail possum fibre, click here.

Nimbus also combines the strength and softness of Chinese mulberry silk into its fibre. China is the birthplace of silk and discovered the luxury fibre over two thousand years ago. Mulberry silk is produced by silk caterpillars eating nothing but the leaves from a mulberry tree, creating a silk cocoon before metamorphosing into a domesticated moth. The cocoons are harvested and unwound straight from the cocoon as the caterpillars use one continuous thread of spit to create the cocoon. This creates raw silk from the outside of the cocoon, and fine silk, from the inside, each used for different purposes as they hold different properties. The thread must be smooth before the dying process, so workers sort through the fibre picking off any clumps. It's then dyed and processed. The silk process is long and complicated, which is why silk is a luxury fibre. It's a soft and strong natural fibre that can take up to a month of waiting for a caterpillar to reach metamorphosis to produce a small amount of silk. For perspective, it takes 5,500 silkworms to produce a kilogram of silk, or roughly 125 worms, to create a single silk tie.

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