Mukt 1 year ago
Winter has come, and with it comes shopping for woolens. Imagine my surprise when I checked fabric content of sweaters from best brands: many were 100% cotton, or a blend with 0% wool. Labels on so called 'woolmark' sweaters proudly declared 50% wool. The best sweater I could find for myself was a thin one, with just 80% wool and was worth around 40$ in Indian currency.

Where is all the good wool going?
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  • Mukt 1 year ago
    So its the carpets, of all things!
    Lol!

    Thanks for the link, @Sarah.
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  • Sarah 1 year ago
    ://www.ibef.org/exports/wool-industry-india.aspx this might give some ideas?
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  • Mukt 1 year ago
    We have sheep. Lots of sheep. But I don't know what happens to its wool.
    Till last generation, ladies here used to knit a lot of woolens by hand for their own families. But that has changed and the number of knitters is a tiny fraction of what it used to be. As prosperity comes, more and more people are opting for factory made stuff... but as I lamented in the opening post, those 'woolens' don't have much wool. Ergo,

    Where is the good wool going?
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  • Sarah 1 year ago
    Ahh, I've been to Delhi, stayed in noida. Was warm when we were there, but know the climate can be varied. Perhaps it's due to the costs of importing wool, or if you have lots of sheep in india, Perhaps they get more money for exporting it?🤔
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  • Mukt 1 year ago
    I live in Delhi. Temperatures here vary annually from 5 to 45 celcius. We have the rich, the poor, and everything in between in good numbers (city has nearly 20 million persons) braving the same weather.
    Most people can't afford centralized heating and need to rely on warm clothes and warm tea. Those who don't have warm clothes can get sick, even die. (People die here from both cold and heat)

    We have good demand for wool... even the itchy one will do, if it is cheaply available.
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  • Sarah 1 year ago
    Out of jumpers it would appear @mukt. Over here, farmers get paid almost nothing for the wool they produce, so little that some people dispose of it as it's too expensive to take to the places that accept it. I also find people often find wool too itchy, they're often incorporated into expensive jackets, tweeds and general fabric. I imagine you will still find wool jumper, but at a hefty price!
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