Boiled Wool Jackets – What Are They Made From

As a reader inclined to reducing various environmental footprints, finding sturdy clothing that lasts longer albeit having undergone a nominally more energy intensive process to produce will prove valuable. One of these materials is boiled wool and we’ll learn about what it is and where it’s sourced and even ways to experiment and make it yourself.

What is boiled wool?

Boiled wool is a type of fabric that is made by boiling woolen fabric in water. This process shrinks the fabric, making it thicker and more durable. Boiled wool is often used to make jackets, coats, and other outerwear and is a great item to have in your wardrobe. It is versatile and can be dressed up or down. The process of making it shrinks the fibers and makes them more densely packed, which gives the fabric a felted or napped appearance.  Boiled wool is often used to make clothing, outerwear, and home decor items. 

Boiled wool is more expensive than its less processed counterpart

What are the benefits of boiled wool jackets?

Boiled wool jackets have many benefits. They are warm, durable, and wind resistant. Boiled wool is also breathable, so it is a good choice for people who are active or who live in cold climates.

What are some tips for buying a boiled wool jacket?

When buying a boiled wool jacket, it is important to consider the climate in which it will be worn. Boiled wool is a good choice for cold climates, but it may be too warm for milder climates. It is also important to consider the weight of the fabric. Heavier fabrics are better for colder climates, while lighter fabrics are better for milder climates.

Example with a felt-like appearance

Boiled wool jackets for women

Women’s boiled wool jackets are available in a variety of styles. They can be long or short, fitted or loose, and they can be made with or without a hood.

Boiled wool jackets for men

Men’s boiled wool jackets are also available in a variety of styles. They can be long or short, fitted or loose, and they can be made with or without a hood.

Taking care of your jacket It is important to read the care label before washing your jacket. Boiled wool jackets can usually be machine-washed on a delicate cycle, but they may also need to be dry-cleaned.

Variations in style

There are many different styles of boiled wool jackets. Some are long and fitted, while others are short and loose. Some have hoods, while others do not.

In what countries are they popular?

Many countries, including the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

History

Boiled wool has been used for centuries. It was first used to make clothing for peasants and shepherds in Europe. Boiled wool became popular in the United States in the early 1900s, when it was used to make winter coats and jackets.

What is the cost compared to normal wool?

Boiled wool is usually about 30% more expensive than regular wool. This is because boiled wool is thicker and more durable.  Some popular brands that make boiled wool jackets include Patagonia, L.L. Bean, and Eddie Bauer.  Popular designers include Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger.  Boiled wool jackets can be bought online or in stores. They are available at many different retailers, including department stores, sporting goods stores, and outdoor retailers.

If you’re a wholesaler or manufacturer, you’ll have to sift through a lot of suppliers. A survey of Alibaba boiled wool suppliers shows most price in terms of per meter material. There are differences also according to the source. Most wool seems to be of sheep origin and a subset are from alpaca.

Supplier of Boiled WoolCostUnit
Shaoxing Jiaolan Textile Co., Ltd.$0.75-$0.95per meter
Wuxi Gardenia Textile Technology Co., Ltd.$5.80per meter
Jiangyin Jujing Textile Trade Co., Ltd.$12.30-$13.07per meter
Ningbo Wokailian Textile Co., Ltd.$5.00-$15.00per meter
Jiangyin Guanyun Wool Textile Co., Ltd. (Merino)$13.00-$14.50per meter

Guide to making your own

Unsurprisingly people have come up with recipes for making the material themselves although there’s no guarantee that an individual experimenting for the first time is going to succeed without a lot of trial and error! If you want to give it a shot here are instructions step-by-step, with the caveat that you will need to figure out anything that’s unspecified.

  1. Gather your supplies. You will need a piece of wool fabric, a pot or cauldron, some water, and a source of heat.
  2. Cut your fabric into a square or rectangle. The size will depend on how much boiled wool you want to make.
  3. Fill your pot or cauldron with water and place it over the heat source.
  4. Place your piece of wool fabric into the water.
  5. Boil the water for 3-5 minutes, or until the fabric is felted.
  6. Remove the fabric from the water and allow it to cool.
  7. Once it is cool, cut it into the desired shape or size.
Anne Lauer
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Anna Lauer is a writer, gardener, and homesteader living in rural Wisconsin. She has written for Mother Earth News, Grit, and Hobby Farms magazines. Anna is writing a new book about growing your food for free and an ultimate guide to producing food at little to no cost. When shes not writing or gardening, Anna enjoys spending time with her husband and two young daughters.