What is Shaniko Wool?

What is Shaniko Wool?

Shaniko Wool Company is a branded and certified program of American Merino wool. The wool comes from Merino and Merino/Rambouillet sheep raised in the Great Basin Region of the American west.

These sheep are specifically selected and bred for not only a consistently fine, long staple wool, but for their ability to thrive on the open pasture in range conditions while giving back to the land as they eat their way through harmful flora – helping the land to thrive.

Shaniko Wool Company and their partner ranches have been managing and enhancing natural resources for decades, and the seven family ranches have each been tending sheep continuously for more than 100 years.

They continue the legacy of wool and its timeless importance to humankind by working with designers, brands and exclusively U.S. supply chain partners in the use of American wool in a variety of products and markets. Their efforts support American family businesses and communities, and the U.S. textile industry.

Shaniko Wool Company (SWC) is the first farm group in the United States certified under the global Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), developed by Textile Exchange. The Responsible Wool Standard aims to improve the welfare of sheep and the land they graze on.

In addition to stringent guidelines covering the humane treatment of sheep, the RWS provides full traceability of wool and sets strict standards for worker welfare and careful land management practices that ensure the continued sustainability of the ranges where sheep are raised. 

We are proud to add sport-weight Laurel Falls, made with Shaniko Merino Wool, to our range of yarn bases. It is a yarn you can enjoy using and feel good about, too!

To learn more, please visit https://shanikowoolcompany.com/ and https://textileexchange.org/responsible-wool-standard/ 

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