Noro yarns are still made according to old, traditional methods with a lot of manual work. Noro yarns are the only yarns in the world that are first dyed in the fibres and then spun. This means that there may be knots in the yarn from time to time and the colour repeats may vary.
Wool varieties and their processing at Noro
Of course, not all types of wool can be used arbitrarily, as there are considerable differences between the sheep breeds. There are breeds that give off soft and shimmering wool and other more resistant, coarser wool or long, curly fibres. Differences in temperature, humidity, rain, the type of grass used as fodder, the time of shearing and the season also affect the quality of the wool. Eisaku Noro is an absolute expert when it comes to choosing the staple length, thickness, weight, stretch, "shimmer factor", suppleness, i.e. the right fibre for the perfect Noro yarn.
The main reason for the so frequent use of wool as the basic material of Norogarne yarns is the outstanding properties that distinguish wool from other materials. New wool is a natural, breathable fibre, it is elastic but also keeps its shape. Wool insulates, absorbs moisture and at the same time allows it to evaporate. It is also not flammable. Takuo Noro, Eisaku Noro's son and product manager at the company, sums up these properties perfectly: "Wool is the queen of fibres.
Besides its natural properties, wool has two other advantages:
- First, it can be dyed.
- then the ability to bond them with other fibers.
The exceptional dyeing properties allow the finest colour nuances to be achieved. And Noro is known for its splendid colours, as well as for exotic combinations with other fibres