Øldberg products are made only with high quality fine wool.
Wool is the winter yarn which gives you an incomparable feeling of comfort and provides excellent insulation against the cold. To classify the finest wool, use the fineness of the fleece as a criterion.
Our Cashmere is derived from the undercoat of Kel goat living in the mountainous areas of South Asia. The fineness of the fleece is second only to that of vicuna (the diameter is about 15 micron) and from each animal can be obtained 400 grams of wool each year.
Angora we use is produced by shearing the angora rabbit. The rodent’s hair is very fine, comparable to the vicuna but less durable, for this reason it is usually used to produce yarn blended with other precious but less expensive wool, such as mohair or alpaca. Each rabbit, which lives about ten years, produces one kilogram of wool each year, distributed over four shearing.
The Angora rabbit gives a particularly soft and very hot hair. In China the Angora rabbit is produces more than the other countries. The shearing of this animal is done every three months, combing it. The secret of softness and whiteness hair is in the particular technique of breeding cages kept carefully clean and in the semidarkness.
Our Mohair is similar to silk for the length and shine of the Turkish goat’s hair. from which it is derived. The Mohair goat has been inhabited for more than two thousand years the Turkish regions around Ankara, from which it takes its name. Today, this animal is also breed in the United States and South Africa. The thickness is much bigger than the other wool qualities, but it is also extremely durable and suitable for dyes.
Mohair fiber is less wrinkled than wool, it is smooth to the touch, shiny, but its features are similar to those of sheep’s wool, especially for heat, strength and elasticity.
Similar to mohair is the kid mohair, that is, the kids’ hair. It has the same characteristics as that of adult goats, but the fabric obtained is finer.
Among the precious wool of Andin origin we use there is the alpaca, camelid relative of the vicuna, which produces a wool without lanolin, naturally hypoallergenic and refractory to the felting. The production for each animal ranges from 2.5 kilograms annually for female to 4 for male.
The alpaca is very similar to the llama, useful to Andean populations also for meat. It is bred in flocks similar to sheep and it is shear every two years. The wool is divided into seven basic colors: white, gray, light brown, dark brown, black, pale and reddish. The price of the alpacas is far more reasonable than the vicuna.
Our merino wool is derived from merinos sheep, originating in Spain, but nowadays spread all over the world, especially in Australia and New Zealand, produce up to ten kilograms of wool at each shearing.
The fiber is particularly thin (20 micron in diameter) and allows to produce summer fabrics such as fresh wool or winter garments with low weight. Half of the sheep in the world belong to the Merino breed.