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Let’s talk sheepskin

Yet another month has flown by, and as much as I would love to tell you more about ‘gnome life’, I feel it would be remiss of me (given the type of products that we sell at Pixieland) not to better inform you more about our Devon sheepskin products.


Let’s talk sheepskin

Sheep are believed to have been one of the first animals to be domesticated for agricultural use nearly 12,000 years ago and the wool trade is believed to have started in the Middle East in about 9,000BC. The use of sheepskin products dates back centuries also and is even linked to the legend of the Golden Fleece. The Greek myth originated from an area near the Black Sea, where, geologists claim sheepskin was used by gold miners to filter gold from the mountain streams and so gold flakes became ingrained in the fleece. This has lead people to believe that the adventures of Jason and the Argonauts may have been based on a real journey to obtain the secrets of this technique for extracting gold. This method is still used by locals of the area today.

Let’s face it, sheepskin has been around ‘forever’ and looking back through history it has had many other practical uses. For example, seat covers on moving vehicles is thought to date back to the Bronze age when wagons were first used. Troops in China during the Han Dynasty used it to build rafts to travel down the Yellow River; and during World War 1, soldiers in Europe had to deal with very cold weather and thousands of sheepskin vests were sent to help keep them warm.

So why use our Devon sheepskin? Sheepskin, sometimes referred to as lambskin is the hide of a sheep and is tanned with the fleece intact. Devon sheepskin is regarded as some of the best in the world as the sheep gain extra thick coats in response to being out on moor land in extremes of weather. It has natural insulating properties, helping to regulate body temperature and is therefore warm in the winter and cool in the summer; promotes circulation; it is flame resistant and static electricity resistant. It absorbs perspiration from anybody wearing it and can hold approximately 30% of its weight in moisture without the wearer feeling uncomfortable. It is considered hypoallergenic by the medical profession and therefore suitable for people with hypersensitive skin. It is know to bring relief for people with some skin conditions such as eczema and is great for patients with bed sores. Babies that sleep on sheepskin have been shown less likely to suffer from asthma. Being dirt and bacteria resistant makes it a great choice as a material for slippers

Sheepskin is a luxurious, comfortable and tactile product. Give it a try. You won’t regret it.

Until next month. X

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