Woollen SHAWL

Wool is favored for textile production because it is easy to work with and takes dye very well. The springy fibers remember shapes when well cared for. Furthermore, wool takes to felting, a process in which fibers interlock into a tight mat, very well. Felt is used as insulation, for shawls.
Wool production starts with the shearing of the sheep, which usually happens once a year. A skillful shearer can remove the entire fleece at once with long flowing strokes, keeping the fibers long. After shearing, the wool is washed to remove impurities.