The enrúm yarn is Icelandic wool and Thai mulberry silk twined together. The interplay of the two threads brings out the natural qualities of both threads and together they supplement each other and are a unique yarn, strong and light.
The Icelandic wool has been developing for the last 1000 years. In the cold climate of Iceland, an island in the North-Atlantic, the Icelandic sheep has been isolated from other stocks and has therefore kept its original qualities.
The Icelandic wool is made of two parts; the threads of the upper layer are called “tog“. They are coarse and water repellent. The threads of the lower layer of the wool are called “þel“. They are warm, soft and insulating. These unique qualities of the wool keep a person wearing a garment that is made from the Icelandic wool, dry and warm. When a garment made from the Icelandic wool has reached the same temperature as the skin of the person wearing it, the wool stops tickling the skin and keeps an even temperature.
Silk is one of nature‘s strongest threads. Silk is produced from the larvae of delicate silk worms that live only off the leaves of mulberry trees. Silk is known for its softness and a special shimmer that appears when light reflects beautifully from the prism formed fibres of the silk. The threads of the silk are absorbent, they keep moisture from the body and that is why garments made of silk keep an even temperature on the body, both in cold and warm climate. Silk threads respond very well to dyeing due to their absorption qualities and the form of the threads makes the colours clear and bright.
When these two natural threads, wool and silk are twined together their positive qualities are joined and keep the body warm and dry and the resulting yarn is stronger and softer than yarn that is made solely from Icelandic wool. The yarn is light and airy with an even texture. The silk gives the wool a sophisticated shimmer which makes the colours of the einrúm yarn deep and pure. The einrúm knitting patterns illustrate the unique qualities and texture of the einrúm yarn.
The Icelandic Technology Development Fund has shown its support for this new way of looking at the Icelandic wool. einrúm has received grants from the Fund on two occasions to support marketing campaigns abroad, in Scandinavia and Germany.