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Non-irritant wool yardage
#1
Hello,

I'm working on a Central Asian kit (generic Andronovo-Skythian-Parthian) and, what with it being the dead of winter in the States, been thinking about adding extra layers like an undertunic and scarf.  Unfortunately I get a painful rash if I wear ordinary wool next to the skin.

So, I'm trying to find sources for by-the-yard woven wool of a less itchy variety.  I understand merino has a good reputation, but so far it appears to be available only as fine knits (like for T-shirts), felt and yarn.  Anyone know of anything that could be useable?
Dan D'Silva

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I ride the winds of fate
Prepared to go where my heart belongs,
Back to the past again.

--  Gamma Ray

Well, I'm tough, rough, ready and I'm able
To pick myself up from under this table...

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#2
I used a very large, plain men's prayer shawl to make a wool tunic for my (winter) Greek hoplite impression. Google Exotic India Art, search fabrics for men's prayer shawls. You can find 100% wool ones. Mine is very soft, but I know it is wool, so buyer beware. Watch for sales. The prices are very good, then. You want the biggest you can find to fold in half and still be able to blouse your tunic.

Maple Clothing in Canada has men's prayer shawls for excellent prices (Kashmiri wool - very soft - I have one as a chlamys).
Cheryl Boeckmann
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#3
Thank you!  So something like these:
Plain Men's Dushala from Amritsar (Lohi)
Prayer Indian Shawl Pure Wool Mens Winter India Clothing (Off-White)
Dan D'Silva

Far beyond the rising sun
I ride the winds of fate
Prepared to go where my heart belongs,
Back to the past again.

--  Gamma Ray

Well, I'm tough, rough, ready and I'm able
To pick myself up from under this table...

--  Thin Lizzy

Join the Horde! - http://xerxesmillion.blogspot.com/
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#4
Yep! I went with non-white because I can never keep my whites white! These will be dry-clean or hand wash in Woolite, then hang dry. Good luck!
Cheryl Boeckmann
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