MUUGI's Super 180's Merino Wool
For its second series, MUUGI selected ultra fine merino wool. While wool knitwear is a popular winter clothing, ultra fine merino wool is actually very versatile and super skin friendly.
About MUUGI’s Ultra Fine Merino Wool (14.5μ / Super 180's)
Wool fiber thickness is expressed in microns (μ). The smaller the number, the finer the fiber, and in fact, finer fibers are softer, smoother, and better in quality. Generally in the market, ordinary sheep wool is 19-24μ, extra fine merino is 18.5-19.5μ and cashmere is 14-16μ.
MUUGI uses 14.5μ (super180) fibers. This is equal to, or finer than, cashmere. Fibers this fine are rare in today’s apparel manufacturing, and used only occasionally in high-end coats and scarves. Most brands do not invest in ultra fine merino wool due to cost difficulties.
MUUGI’s enthusiasm for ultra fine merino wool was ignited by a conversation with our fabric manufacturer — “Fabric this stellar should be used in underwear”. Thus, we set out to make an underwear series with this amazing fabric, and soon our Ultra Fine Merino Wool Series made its debut.
We are proud of the undeniable softness and comfort of this line. We hope you will try it and feel the comfort you have never felt before, which will make you think, “Is this really wool?”
MUUGI's Super 180's Merino Wool Jersey Fabric
MUUGI's Super 180's Merino Wool Circular Rib Fabric
The Benefits of Merino Wool
Merino wool is made of natural fibers and is highly versatile. Here are some of its benefits.
Wool fibers absorb vapor moisture and release heat. The insulating air spaces in between the fibers’ crimps prevent your skin from being exposed to the surrounding cool air. This is the reason why wool keeps you warm. Merino wool is more heat insulating than common wool because of its fine, intertwined crimps.
2. Breathable and moisture wicking
Merino wool’s thermal and moisture regulating properties make it suitable to wear all year round. The secret is in the small “scales” on the surface of the wool’s fibers. When you sweat, these “scales” absorb the sweat and quickly wick it, making it easy for the sweat to evaporate. You are kept pleasantly dry. Wool absorbs moisture in large quantities— twice more than cotton, and thirty times more than polyester— so you are also relieved of acute cooling caused by perspiration. You will fall in love with merino wool’s reactivity to body temperature.
3. Antibacterial and odor resistant
Wool is naturally antibacterial and deodorizing. It minimizes sweat odors and prevents bacteria from proliferating. Wool fibers are breathable, allowing moisture to flow through. They lock in odor molecules and bacteria until their eventual release upon washing. You can wash wool less frequently compared to clothings made of synthetics or cotton. It’s practical for sports activities and travel. There is even a brand in the US that praises merino wool for not needing to be washed for several weeks!
4. Recommended for sensitive skin
Some may have the image of wool to be prickly and not good for skin. However, from recent findings, we now know that the fine fibers of merino wool have a therapeutic effect on those with sensitive skin and eczema. In an experiment conducted in the US and Australia, it was found that wearing merino wool of under 17.5μ directly against skin mitigated patients’ skin conditions. MUUGI’s merino wool is ultra fine at 14.5μ. If you are seeking skin comfort, we recommend that you give our ultra fine merino wool a try.
5. Earth friendly
Wool is 100% natural and biodegradable. After wool is disposed of, microorganisms in soil or water break down the woolen matter. Wool decomposes and returns to earth in a relatively short period. It causes no harm to the soil or the ocean, and is considered to be a sustainable and renewable resource.
Also, its odor resistant property reduces the need for laundry. This adds to why wool is sustainable.
For details on wool’s benefits, see The Woolmark Company’s Fact Sheets. You will find more evidence in articles like “Wool is naturally odor resistant” and “Wool is good for the skin”.
https://www.woolmark.com/industry/research/factsheets/(click link to go to site)