Ioana, the co-founder of Moeke Yarn
Encounter with Moeke Yarn
when I met ‘Moeke yarn’, I finally found the truly environmentally and animal-friendly wool I’d been looking for.
Ioana, the co-founder of Moeke Yarn, is a Romanian who currently lives in the Netherlands.
In Romania, sheep farming is a representative industry, which has persisted from before the Roman Empire. This traditional method has been used by the Romanians even after the Industrial revolution.
However, producing wool yarn from the fleece has been highly modernized. Ioana cooperated in spinning factories, which are not common even in Romania, to help them make companies that produce yarn in the traditional Romanian way.
Sheep tails are naturally long
By the way, did you know that the tails of lambs are actually long?
When the tails, which are as furry as their bodies, are long, the excrement will stick to them, and that can be fertile ground for maggots. In order to prevent that, most of the sheep in this world either have their tails clipped or are mulesed without anesthesia. However, that does not happen in Romania because its climate really suits sheep farming. So, the Romanian sheep can keep their tails long, as they are.
The Romanian traditional spinning factory
100% of the vegetation from the fleece must be removed in order to use the industrial spinning machine that can mass produce. In the regular spinning factory this is done by carbonization with dilute sulfuric acid.
The carbonization can lead to an environmental problem, but the factory can spin the fine and consistent wool yarn that is familiar to us.
On the other hand, at the traditional Romanian yarn factory, they don’t carbonize. They simply wash the fleece with soap, so some vegetation usually remains on the fleece.
They spin the fleece into wool yarn using a traditional machine.
The left over vagetstion on ami-tsumuli products is removed by hand in our atelier.
Additionally, although electric razors are commonly used around the world, the Romanian shepherds still use big large scissors to trim sheep, keeping the tradition from ancient times.