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For the AW18 collection, Il Gufo has chosen a SUPER 100 Merino pure virgin wool coming from Lanecardate, located in Biella. It is a high-quality carded yarn of extraordinary softness and warmth, and is as light as a feather.
While all garments made from this wool may be washed in water, some important adjustments should be taken into consideration to consistently give the fibres renewed life.
The first few times the garment is worn, its fibres may split due to the friction of normal use and collect into micro-balls known as pilling.
Pilling is a purely natural characteristic of knitwear. It is easy to remove and tends to lessen over time when the garment is gently washed and brushed.
Even select, super-fine woollen yarns such as the Lanecardate yarns used by Il Gufo may be subject to pilling.
The pilling is a normal characteristic of the fibre and not a quality flaw.
Be careful what you wear over (or under) the woollen garment.
Your knitted garment must constantly be in contact with a smooth surface.
Wash the garment regularly: wool and cashmere love water!
When wool fibres get wet they react and move apart, returning to their original state once dry. Your knitwear will therefore be renewed with every wash.
IMPORTANT: wash gently in cold water, by hand or in a washing machine, using a small quantity of neutral soap and no spin. Brush any excess fibres.
There are dedicated brushes that are very effective when used on dry garments.
Follow these simple rules and your woollen garment will become more beautiful with every wash.
First and foremost, wool should never be dry cleaned.
A woollen garment should be hand-washed, using a small quantity of neutral soap and lukewarm water. The garment should not be pounded in the water or wrung out, but gently rinsed and dabbed with a towel to remove excess water. It should then be dried horizontally on a terrycloth towel, away from excessive heat sources.
A woollen garment may also be machine-washed, if the machine has a special wool cycle in order to avoid a full spin. In this case, the garment will be gently swung to and fro in order to preserve the fibres. At the end of the washing cycle, the garment must nonetheless be dried horizontally on a terrycloth towel, away from excessive heat sources.
Never hang up wet knitwear; it will lose its shape!
Wool should not be dried in an electric dryer.
And most importantly, wool should not be treated with fabric softeners, to prevent it from losing its natural elasticity.

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