About Shearling Sheepskin
Shearling sheepskin is used in many ways, for many different purposes, it’s a versatile material that has unique qualities. Here’s an introduction to shearling sheepskin:
What is “Shearling Sheepskin”?
- Shearling sheepskin is the hide of a sheep.
- The hide is tanned with the wool still attached.
- Since the fur is attached to the pelt it creates a material with a strong leather side and a soft wool side.
- Shearling sheepskin provides many benefits that wool alone does not.
There is a common misconception among consumers that shearling is a form of sheared wool. Shearling is actually considered a fur product because the fur is still attached to the hide of the animal.
Shearling Sheepskin Processing
Shearling sheepskin is characterized by its use of both the leather and wool. Shearling is tanned with the wool in tact. Our production team grades the skin according to the quality of the skin and wool.
Napa and suede are the most popular ways of finishing lambskin leather. Napa is known for its smooth feel and shiny appearance, while suede has a supple feel and a natural, organic look.
A producer has the option to leave the wool the natural ivory color, or to dye the wool. Shearling sheepskin is versatile when it comes to dying; many colors and patterns can be applied to a pelt.
There is also a process called “tip dying”, which produces a two-color effect; a large portion of the wool remains ivory while only the tips of the wool are dyed. After combing and straightening the wool, the manufacturer sprays the skins with a fine mist of dye.
We have some of the cleanest and most environmentally friendly tanning/dyeing practices in the industry. Our processes are endorsed by Woolmark, REACH legislation and the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission).
Where does Shearling Sheepskin come from?
Shearling sheepskin usually comes from New Zealand and Australia. Most shearling sheepskin is harvested from Merino sheep.
What are some of the uses of Shearling Sheepskin?
Shearling sheepskin is one of the most versatile materials in the world. Here are some of the uses:
- Clothing and outerwear: hats, gloves, coats, jackets, mittens, etc.
- Footwear: slippers and boots.
- Home decor: rugs, blankets and pillows.
- Medical sheepskin: has many uses but main use is to ease and prevent bed sores.
- Baby sheepskin: excellent for helping babies get to sleep faster and stay asleep.
Equestrian equipment: sheepskin saddle pads, seat covers, track linings, horse boots and girth tubes.
- Much more: discover all that sheepskin has to offer.
Benefits of Shearling Sheepskin
Shearling sheepskin is a one of a kind material, no other natural or man-made fiber possesses the virtues of 100% sheepskin. Here are some of them:
- It is cool in summer and warm in the winter – the fibers insulate and breathe to act as a natural thermostat for your body.
- Lanolin in wool is self cleaning, making sheepskin antibacterial.
Wool is considered by medical professionals to be hypoallergenic.
- The fibers in sheepskin are hollow and can absorb up to 30% of their own weight in moisture without feeling wet.
- Lanolin, the waxy substance that constitutes anywhere from 5-25% of the weight of sheep’s wool is a natural moisturizer, which can improve the health of skin.
Ounce for ounce, sheepskin is stronger than steel.
Sheepskin will last for years with minimal care, simply brush, shake or vacuum products.
It naturally resists snags, tears, wrinkles and soiling.
Sheepskin retains its shape for many years.
Not only is sheepskin water resistant, but is also flame resistant, static-free and wind-proof.
Easy to clean: you can wash ivory sheepskin pelts by hand or using a gentle cycle.