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Wool from sheep was one of the first fibers to be made into textiles, such that wool was so common in ancient Babylonia (modern-day Iraq) that the name itself of that ancient kingdom means "Land of Wool". The many many varieties of sheep produce such a wide array of hair coverings that it's probably only humans, among all the other creatures on the planet, with all our diversity in color and texture of head hair, that can equal sheep in variety of pelt.

Wool is naturally flame-resistant and elastic, meaning that when dry it can be stretched to another third of its length (two thirds when wet), and still return to its original size when released. Wool is also hygroscopic (absorbing water readily), such that it can absorb up to one third of its weight in water without feeling damp. Wool in garments can absorb another 20 percent of its dry weight in water without wearers feeling damp. You'll stay warm if your wool sweater or socks gets wet.

Wool from sheep that have been safely grazed, as in family farms, makes wonderfully hypoallergenic stuffing for pillows, comforters, upholstery, mattress pads, and mattresses. Organic wool, that is, wool that has been shorn from sheep who have only eaten good clean food and have never been subjected to nasty petrochemical sheep dips, can be a home-furnishing godsend for people who have asthma or are who are sensitive to synthetic materials such as foam or acrylic.

Many family farmers raise heirloom sheep breeds, doing their bit to contribute to biodiversity and keep the sheep genepool deep and wide.


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