Our merino hats are made from only the finest New Zealand merino wool. Merino is the finest wool available, prized for its softness and superior quality it is a functional yet luxurious. Our signature knot style hat can be adjusted to fit all shaped heads, just undo the knot and re-tie it to the desired depth. Being made from a fine fibre like merino wool means it will not itch or scratch being so close to the skin of young children. As with all natural fibres, merino wool is breathable, meaning that moisture is wicked from the skins surface and is released through the fabric to the surface to evaporate. This means a child will not overheat while wearing a merino wool hat, but will still keep them warm from the elements.
Our range of hats come in sizes 0-3 months for newborns, right through to 18-24 months for toddlers. Perfect to keep little heads warm, this knot hat design will stay on wee heads and not cause irritation or discomfort. The perfect present for an expecting mother or as a gift for a baby shower.
Merino wool fabrics are natural and come from a specific breed of sheep prized for its superior, fine fleece. Not all wool is created equal, and as such the wool fibres are graded based on fineness. The measurement fused or grading wool is referred to as microns, the smaller the micron, the finer the wool. The finer the wool, the softer the handle. Wool graded between 18-18.5microns is known for its superior fineness, and is the grade of wool we use for our merino fabrics. We have chosen this grade of wool as we believe it is the best for children’s sensitive skin, while still having enough durability to withstand use and laundering. Any finer and durability, which we believe is essential for children’s clothing which is subject to play and constant washing, would be compromised. On the flip side, if we went any higher than 18.5 microns we believe the handle would not be as soft and therefore would create irritation against the skin. As our merino garments are next to skin, base layer garments we cannot have any skin irritation issues. In addition, all of our merino wool fabrics have been sourced from New Zealand sheep and adhere to strict regulation standards being ZQ certified. To find out more about our ethically source, New Zealand merino wool please click here.
By buying a Wilderling Merino Hat, made in New Zealand from New Zealand Merino Sheep, you are supporting local industries and crafts specialists to thrive and continue to pass on their years of skills and expertise. This is important in a world where there continues to be a lack of transparency within supply chains, products end up on our shelves and we have very little knowledge around where these products have come from, how they have been made and by whom. We believe that all elements of the supply chain, from the people who farm the sheep and how they live on the land, to the specialists who skilfully cut and manufacture the garments, right through to the technology and innovation around the development of the fabrics, deserve to be celebrated and paid fairly for their time. By making our products in New Zealand, from New Zealand components, we are able to closely follow and understand all the parts of the process. There is still a lot to be learnt, but we are committed to understanding every element of our supply chains. And as a starting point, by being made in New Zealand we are able to be there on the factory floor, talking to the cutters, discussing layouts and yields. We are able to be there to observe the assembling of the garments and able to put faces to the names behind the machines. For us it is about the connections we make, the people we meet and the things we learn on a daily basis about the industry that allow us to start to see the supply chain as a whole. When you buy a Wilderling product, you are buying a finished piece made up of many hours of skills, expertise, love and passion.
Measurements below are the full band width of a finished hat – please note that given the stretch of the knit merino fabric used, there is reasonable give to ensure the hat fits on over the head and relaxes onto the head once on. The knot design also allows for variation in tying, to change the fit from tight to relaxed on the head.
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