Boiled wool is a wonderful, soft, durable fabric. It's from a traditional process of boiling and agitating knitted wool with soap to shrink and felt it, making it denser, more wind-proof, sturdier and sometimes even softer.
The wool used is Merino wool, a very fine wool fibre that's soft and springy and is not itchy at all to most skins. The Merino sheep usually thrives in mountainous areas at high altitudes and its wool is naturally brilliant at keeping the body comfortable at a wide range of temperatures.
All certified organic wool comes from sheep which have been farmed organically and with high animal welfare standards. At Cambridge Baby we always make sure that no wool comes from farms which practise mulesing.
Please note that under EU labelling regulations, stating the type of wool is not allowed, only a statement of "100% wool" or "new wool" is allowed. However, this garment is made from 100% organic Merino wool.
Disana's organic Merino wool is certified to GOTS organic standards by IMO. These standards are so high that even oils that lubricate knitting machines have to be analysed. Disana's whole garment (not just the yarn) is certified as organic, so that you can be assured that their dyes are baby-safe, eco-safe and that all cotton threads and finishes are natural too.
Wool (and thus Merino wool) has many benefits.
Merino wool is the wool of choice for baby and children's clothes, as well as for sportswear, because it's finer than most other wools. It's naturally springy (which makes it softer) and has a tight crimp, allowing it to trap more air, making clothing lighter as well as softer for the same excellent insulation.
Merino wool has also been proven to absorb UV across the whole range of the spectrum, giving excellent lightweight sun protection in the summer too.
In both cases, use a detergent designed for wool which protects and replenishes wool's natural oils. We recommend one of our liquid wool shampoos in our fabric care section here.
To hand-wash your organic Merino wool, dilute your wool detergent in cool water, max 30C (lukewarm only, should feel coolish), in a bowl. For heavily-soiled areas, use a little gall soap on your woollens first, testing on an inconspicuous area first.
Add your woollens to the bowl, gently stirring and squeezing the detergent through. Rinse using water at the same temperature, otherwise your wool will be subjected to "shock" and might felt up. So lukewarm/coolish at 30C again.
Things not to do: Don't wring, soak, brush or rub vigorously as the wool fibres may be damaged and your garment felt up a little and shrink.
To dry, gently squeeze water out and wrap your wool clothes in a towel to remove the excess water.
Air-dry naturally avoiding direct heat. So, hanging on a drying rack over the bath is good, or on a clothes horse, or flat on a dry towel. Mine often end up over the back of chairs or on the washing line.
Re-shape while damp.
This was washed... not needed washing yet
Sizing: Feels true to size
I'd recommend this to a friend.
"we bought this coat a much bigger size than we needed to get more wear out of it and it has been fine for two winters so far, sleeves rolled up last year and as they are this year. We put another warm wooly cardigan underneath and have really enjoyed this coat. would recommend."
Sizing: A little generous
"We purchased a coat for my son and daughter. The fit is generous and goes over jumpers nicely. They keep pretty clean on their own, but when needing a wash they come up very well. We highly recommend the coats."
This was washed... washed fine
This was worn by... My son and daughter.
"Being a lover of natural fibres and well designed clothes, I have bought a lot of very beautiful and high quality clothes for my children through the years. And yet, this wool coat by Disana took my breath away. I cannot recommend it enough. The wool feels incredibly soft. Even my son - who tends to find just about everything "itchy" - loves it and would sleep in it if I'd let him. The coat is beautifully designed, the colours are deep and gorgeous and the quality is out of this world. The size is generous and just as well in our case - the 4-6 size fits perfectly on my 6 year old son and 7 year old daughter (with room to grow). If you are in two minds about purchasing this - buy it, you will love it! The navy and pink colours are beautiful."
This was worn by... My 7 year old girl, 6 year old boy and 18 months old girl
"We are very satisfied with both the jacket and the trousers! If measured in stars - I'd give all the stars there are in the Galaxy :)"
"I buy these coats as my son grows (this is the second one); each coat lasts for about two years due to its generous cut. It is very soft, warm and breathable, takes soiling really well (despite its relatively light grey colour), does not bobble and can be passed on to other siblings etc. I will continue buying these coats until sizing allows..."
This was washed... had to be careful
This was worn by... a busy 3 y.o.