Using modern technology to better understand this remarkable wool
The secret of SaxXon® wool has long been attributed to its shape—a “three-dimensional helical crimp”—which allows fibers to capture air, resulting in yarn that is rounder and far lighter than other varieties. (Case in point: cashmere offers the same warmth as SaxXon at roughly double the weight.) This unique corkscrew-like curvature endows it with great natural stretch and wrinkle-resistance for exceptional handling and comfort.
Just this year, however, researchers at Sydney University stumbled upon new evidence of why SaxXon is truly one of a kind. After performing microscopic analysis, they discovered, to their amazement, that cross sections of individual SaxXon fibers were nearly flat (rather than round as in merino wool, cashmere and camel hair). Astonishingly, this makes SaxXon more akin to human hair. Much the way a lock of hair features smoothness and body, SaxXon fibers have a voluminous quality when they’re combined, which is why SaxXon suiting and sweaters are able to provide such warmth and softness while remaining exceptionally lightweight. It’s no wonder why SaxXon is fast becoming a modern-day icon.
A GUIDE TO
One of the world’s softest wools, it offers the look and feel of cashmere yarn.
Volume-to-volume, SaxXon is lighter and warmer than cashmere.
SaxXon has more natural elasticity and spring than cashmere fibers.
A MICRON COMPARISON
SaxXon fibers are smaller in diameter than other wools, resulting in a finer texture.