Norwegian wool

Our Norwegian wool collection is made of 100% traceable wool from happy and healthy sheep grazing in the Norwegian mountains and meadows, throughout the summer and early fall. Choosing Ulvang’s Norwegian wool means supporting a sustainable production in a local value chain.

Norwegian wool

Norwegian wool is a durable material, known for its resilience and lustrousness. Due to the harsh climate and lush pastures, Norwegian wool has some very unique properties. 

Wool is stain resistant and has self-cleaning properties. The wool fibers outer layer consists of a protective layer that prevents dirt from getting stuck to the fiber. Because of the fibers high moisture content, wool is also anti-static, meaning it doesn’t attract as much dust. Wool’s chemical structure helps to absorb and trap odors. All these properties ensure that wool garments don’t need to be washed as often as synthetics. Usually it’s enough to just air out. 

Small and scattered herds, the cold climate, and strict infection control help limit disease and infections among norwegian sheep. The cold climate means less parasites. Treatment for parasites such as lice, ticks and flies is limited to geographical areas and herds with these challenges. Treatment with insecticides is mainly done in connection to spring pasture. Thus making Norwegian wool a safe and responsible choice. 

The climate also reduces the occurrence of bacteria. Pesticide is hardly used in agriculture and pasture land. Through the summer and early fall Norwegian sheep graze freely in the mountains and meadows. Therefore the wool doesn’t need chemical treatment, making Norwegian wool one of the world most eco-friendly textile fibers. Most of our wool comes from Norilia. All wool assessed at Norilia’s grade stations is Swan-label certified. The Swan is a nordic ecolabel introduced by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Norwegian wool from crossbreds and the Old Norwegian Sheep is naturally coarser than wool from Merino and other sheep breeds grazing further south. The fresh air, lush pastures and selective breeding with a focus on wool quality has resulted in a thick and durable wool coat with great resilience and lustrousness.

Norway has a long tradition of utilizing wool. Our ‘wool venture’ dates back to the viking age, and it is assumed that sheep came to Norway more than 6000 years ago. Today the Norwegian wool industry grades 4000 tonnes of wool every year. 20-30% is used by Norwegian customers.

Every year approximately 2 million sheep are released on spring pasture. Sheep grazing plays a vital role in maintaining species-rich habitats. Sheep can graze very close to the ground which helps prevent the vegetation from being overgrown, their feces fertilize the soil and their wool fleece sequesters carbon from the atmosphere. Not to mention that wool is 100% biodegradable. In many ways, sheep are beneficial for their habitat and ecosystem.

Norwegian White Sheep

Most of the wool in our collection comes from Norwegian white sheep. Norwegian white is a collective term introduced in 2000 for sheep crossbred from Dala, Rygja, Cheviot and Steigar. The selective breeding has resulted in a sheep breed with great meat and dense wool. The Norwegian white is the most common breed and makes up about 70% of all Norwegian sheep. 

Old Norwegian Sheep

Old Norwegian sheep is one of Europe’s oldest sheep breeds. For several thousand years they have been grazing the heathlands on the west coast of Norway. Through generations this hardy breed has been shaped by the rough climate and unique vegetation. Its wool is naturally coarse, and the colour varies from white to black. 

In collaboration with Hillesvaag Ullvarefabrikk we’ve developed Norway’s first commercial sweater made of 100% wool from the Old Norwegian Sheep. The Feral sweater. Designed to withstand the harshest of conditions and keep you warm for years to come.

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