Ireland, Kathryn Davey, Naturally Dyed Pure Wool Socks in Oatmeal
Product name: Naturally Dyed Pure Wool Socks in Oatmeal
Type of product: Socks
Description (story of the item): Based on traditional designs, these mid-length socks have been woven in Ireland from 100% natural Jacobs wool. Once woven the socks are prepared for dyeing by a method known as scouring. Scouring is a process of removing any oils, waxes or residue that may coat the fibre and impede the absorption of dye.
After the socks are scoured they are then soaked in a natural mordant solution. The word “mordant” comes from the Latin “mordere”, which means to bite. Just as the word describes, the mordant helps the dye bite to the fibre ensuring the colours are strong, clear & long lasting.
Once the socks have been scoured and mordanted the dye baths are prepared. The colour is extracted from the plant material by soaking the plant in water and adding heat until the dye is released. The socks are then added to the dye bath and soaked for many hours until the desired colour is achieved. The process takes anywhere from 6-10 days depending on the shade.
Wool socks are naturally warm and insulating, keeping your feet warm in colder weather. Wool can absorb a high amount of moisture before feeling "wet" & maintains its insulating properties even when damp. The fibres are naturally antibacterial, breathable & odour resistant making these the perfect socks for colder seasons. There is a very small amount of elastic in the cuff of the socks which helps them stay up.
We often get asked if these socks are itchy & unless you have a serious aversion to wool we believe these are not itchy, just warm, soft and cosy.
Due to the nature of hand-dyeing with plant dyes variation may occur which we believe adds to the unique beauty of each pair of socks.
Materials: 100% Wool & 100% Natural Plant Extracts
Measurements / size: U.K size medium 4-7 or large 8-11 (please specify size when ordering)
(SIZE MEDIUM U.K SIZE 4-7 EUR SIZE 37-41 U.S SIZE 5.5-8)
(SIZE LARGE U.K SIZE 8-11 EUR SIZE 42-46 U.S SIZE 8.5-11.5)
*If you are between sizes I recommend sizing up
Available to ship 2 weeks after purchase.