Wool is known for its hygroscopic properties - its ability to absorb and release water vapour quickly. Moisture Management is an innovation which builds on these properties and ensures the finished garment remains soft and comfortable to wear. The wool fibre easily deals with moisture vapour by absorbing it into the internal fibre structure. Liquid moisture is less easy for the wool fibre to manage. Moisture Management technology is employed to enhance total water management by also absorbing liquid sweat and moving it away from the body by evaporation; making the wearer feel more comfortable. The process is ideal for next to skin knitwear made from merino wool.
The wool fibre is treated with a special hydrophilic softener after dyeing, by padding or exhaustion. The success of the finish, in terms of wetting time and durability, is dependent on the cleanliness of the fibre surface before treatment so it is normal to remove contaminant such as silicone before treatment. The finish is rendered permanent by heat-treatment and the higher the temperature the better the durability
Features & Benefits
The Moisture Management merino fibre wets rapidly on contact with liquid water < less than 10 seconds.
When used in a double jersey fabric in combination with a hydrophobic yarn a high degree of liquid moisture transfer can be achieved