Zazu Amsterdam | Our wool
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Our wool

For our garments we use the best quality types of wool available, eco-friendly alpaca and merino wool, free of toxic chemicals and tinted with low-impact dyes.

Merino wool

Merino wool is the best quality sheep wool available, obtained from the merino sheep.

  • It is one of the softest types of sheep wool available, due to its exceptionally fine fibers. Great to wear close to the skin!
  • It breathes and dries quickly
  • Because of its antibacterial capacities it is not necessary to wash your merino garment often.
  • Merino wool is made of keratin (like human hair) making it 100% biodegradable.

We use merino wool from free-range sheep living on the pastures of Uruguay. Moreover, Uruguay is a mulesing-free country. Mulesing is used to “protect” merino sheep against flystrike for which purpose patches of the sheep’s skin are removed without any form of painkiller.

Alpaca wool

Alpaca wool is a luxurious natural fiber obtained from the alpaca. The alpaca is a cousin of the llama native to the Andean region of Latin-America. It is an incredibly soft and silky material, often mentioned as the Latin-American version of cashmere. The most important advantages versus sheep wool are:

  • Alpaca wool is stronger and warmer due to its hollow fibers.
  • It is lightweight and resistant to flames.
  • It does not contain lanoline, making it hypoallergenic.
  • Alpacas are eco-friendly animals, as they leave the root of the plants they eat intact, preventing over-grazing.
  • Our alpacas are raised in small, sustainable farms in the Andes. If you purchase alpaca products, you help support small family farms.

Our alpaca wool is sourced from Ecuador and Peru, from free-range alpacas living in their natural habitat, the South-American Andes. The alpacas are shorn once per year by hand, which is not painful for the animal.