The mercerization process for wool is a chemical based process normally applied to the wool top or scoured loose wool. The mercerization process when applied to wool, renders it with a “Cashmere like” feel and a “Silk like” appearance. An ideal innovation for adding value to the wool fibre. The process is completely different from the normal concept of mercerisation, a process which was developed to make cotton fibres smoother and softer.
The mercerization of wool involves the complete removal of the scale structure from the surface of the wool fibre. The removal of the scale structure, brings about a completely smooth surface, the effect of which is to increase the sheen. The second part of the process involves the application of a very fine layer of silicone polymer which is grafted permanently onto the fibre surface. The application of the silicone polymer brings about significant improvement in the hand feel. Although as a result of the treatment, the actual diameter (micron) of the fibre does not change significantly the perceived improvement in hand feel and comfort is the equivalent of using a wool some 2 – 3 microns finer.
Features & Benefits
- Improved hand feel and comfort
- Brighter shades
- Machine Washable
- More compatible for blending with noble fibres
- Improved drape/fluidity
- Improved comfort
- Can be and is used for knits & wovens, worsted and woollen