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Shetland Sheep’s Wool

£15.00

In Scotland there are  6.6 million sheep and 5.3 million people at the last count (give or take).  The most commonly found sheep is the blackfaced, with it’s  course, tough wool. In Scotland the Ram (male) is called a Tup and the Ewe (female) is called a Girn.  Sheep can be found grazing throughout Scotland , often in the highlands and islands these wooly walking clouds  can be found strolling in front of cars on unfenced roads and giving you that look that says ‘Awa an bile yer heid’  (translating into ‘get lost’)

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In Scotland there are  6.6 million sheep and 5.3 million people at the last count (give or take).  The most commonly found sheep is the blackfaced, with it’s  course, tough wool. In Scotland the Ram (male) is called a Tup and the Ewe (female) is called a Girn.  Sheep can be found grazing throughout Scotland , often in the highlands and islands these wooly walking clouds  can be found strolling in front of cars on unfenced roads and giving you that look that says ‘Awa an bile yer heid’  (translating into ‘get lost’)

Sheep were hugely significant as one of the reason for the highland clearances (1750- 1860)  The local settlers were cleared out by heartless landlords to make way for sheep, which were more profitable than tenants’ rents.

In Scotland the prodcution of wool textiles employs more people and is more widespread than any other form of textile manufacture. As Scotland’s notorious climate, tends to feature some variant of cool to down right chilly and wet. The early and general use of woollen textiles and knitted garments was not for show, but protection. Wool is bouncy, warm, breathable and elastic, perfect for clothing required when working outdoors and it absorbs about 30% of its weight in moisture, so it can hold that much without making you feel clammy.  Very handy for Scotland’s dreich, pure Baltic, oorlich climate which can leave you drookit.

Sheep are hardy, emotional, gentle creature…one might say not dissimilar to their outnumber Scottish human counterparts. Although sheep may not be considered the most attractive of creatures, in Scotand they have a very important job….lying around in random yet somehow picturesque positions, ,making the Scottish landscape that wee bit more beautiful.

Within your bottle is some hand gathered in Shetland – wool.

Our hope is it captures a Wee Piece of Scotland for you.  Informing, inspiring, uplifting and deepening your connection with all things Scottish and the journey of heartfelt pride our tiny nation hold.

 

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