Many of the home décor and fashion accessories we offer you at HNA are made of wool.

What is wool ? In general, it is the hair forming the coat of a sheep or goat or similar animal that can be shorn and prepared for use in making cloth or yarn.

Do you know what kinds of wool there are? Within the range of finished textiles Highland Natural Accents offers, we showcase sheep and cashmere wool.

Sheep wool comes in a wide range of colours and textures. Depending upon the age of the sheep, the textile can be made of lambswool (less than two years old) or new wool (two years or older). HNA textiles include wool sourced from different breeds of sheep such as Merino, Shetland, Jacob, Lincoln Longwool, and Hebridean. Each type of sheep offers its own unique characteristics. For example, Merino wool is sought after for its fine, silky fiber that has the ability to be woven or knitted in a broad range of ways. Shetland wool from the Shetland isles, Scotland, is sourced from sheep that are smaller in size but offer a diversified range of natural colours. Eleven main colours are recognized officially for Shetland wool, with thirty different coat patterns and markings recognized. Given that basis, one can derive a wonderful large range of natural coloured yarn and cloth from this kind of sheep.

Cashmere wool is sourced from cashmere goats and other types of goats. The word ‘cashmere’ is derived from the old spelling of Kashmir in India. These goats produce a double fleece that consists of a fine, soft undercoat or underdown of hair mingled with a straighter, coarser outer coating of hair. Through a mechanical process called de-hairing, the underdown is separated from the coarser outer coating which provides the cashmere that is used in textile yarns, fabrics and garments. This wool is considered to be finer and softer than sheep wool.

We invite you to discover for yourself the different textures and colours of wool available at HNA’s textile gallery to discover what suits you best.

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