EZCARAY MOHAIR WOOL FABRIC

ARTISAN PROCESS / EZCARAY WOOL

Due to the quality of its wool products, the Rioja town of Ezcaray has achieved international fame. Its raw material is mohair and merino wool, worked into blankets, scarves and scarves.

A job that has been carried out since the 15th century with master carders, shearers, dyers and weavers. It is an artisanal process from start to finish: from washing, to dyeing the wool and finishing it. All this done with great care and its corresponding time.

FIBER PREPARATION AND DYEING

The wool is purchased in skeins with its original color. In order to give them color, their "degreasing" is necessary, since with fat the dye does not penetrate the strands.

First, it is placed in a bath of soapy water at a high temperature and the skeins are given 6 turns and 18 rides so that the soap enters the fibers and the fat settles. In the rinse tub, the wool is cleaned of detergents and allowed to drain.

Subsequently, it is passed to the dye vat with hot water, where the "mordant" is poured to fix the color to the wool. From there, to the centrifuge, and they are hung on the levers where they will begin drying. Like the best wine, mohair also needs a break to absorb the moisture it needs.

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FABRIC CONSTRUCTION

After selecting the desired colors, the skeins are transferred to coils and assembled by hand on the warp, where the blanket is given the desired width.

From the warping machine it will go to the folder and from here to the loom, where the bobbins will feed the weft with thread and the desired meters of fabric will be made.

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QA

Once made, the fabric will be supervised to verify that there are no errors in the fabric or broken threads.

CARDED AND PLANED

The final carding is done manually, using natural thistle. This process gives the hair its characteristic softness.

Finally, and after a second quality control, both sides of the cloth are brushed again to remove all impurities and are prepared for sale.

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