Uruguay has had a traditional sheep production since 1608, together with the first settlers.
The VIRGIN WOOL process begins in the field. With the raising of sheep in the open field (stress free) in extensive meadows and with natural water currents.
Once a year, in the spring, shearing is carried out. This consists of freeing the sheep from the wool fleece so that the high temperatures of the summer season can be more relieved.
Once the fleece is obtained, it is selected and washed to remove impurities and grease or lanolin (fats) from the wool, then it is placed in the sun for its natural drying.
The selected wool is carded with spiked brushes, thus obtaining a loose and fluffy fiber for better spinning.
The artisans with their hands and the help of a spinning wheel, transform the wool fibers into threads.
The YARN is achieved by twisting several short fibers at the same time to unite them and produce a continuous thread, assembling skeins of wool with this, which are later used by the weavers to make the cloths which are the raw material of SouthWool's handbags.
A structure resulting from the interlacing of threads is called weaving. SW uses different types of fabrics, knitted fabric and/or loom fabric. These fabrics vary depending on the type of tools with which they are manufactured.
Our LOOM weavers use manual machines (looms), built with a wooden base, handcrafted.
To weave on a loom, the warp (parallel threads, held at both ends) is placed in the frame of the loom and by means of a mechanism, these threads are raised forming an opening called openwork, through which the weft passes, assembling the fabric.
With regard to knitting, it can be done with two long needles, KNITTING, or a crochet hook.
The process of weaving consists of weaving threads of wool or thread into points that are or are hooking on the needles.
Depending on the technique, different types of wefts can be obtained in the cloths, giving variety to the designs of the brand SW.