Drysdale and Merino wools occupy opposite ends of the spectrum of wool types. Drysdale wool is very strong, with a fibre diameter of 40 microns and above. It is hard wearing and resilient, which makes it ideal for use in carpets. Merino sheep grow the finest wool. The average fibre diameter of New Zealand Merino wool is around 19 microns. Merino wool is very soft, so it is used in fabrics that can be worn against the skin. It is also very white and can be dyed light colours, making it desirable for use in the fashion industry.
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