Native World Possum Merino Essential Beanie
Single layer Possum Merino Beanie with a turn back rim.
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Essential Possum Merino Beanie in seasonal colours
Single layer beanie with a turn back rim. (Can be worn without the rim turned back for a fuller shape.) One size fits most.
Made from a soft, warm blend of 30% Possum fur, 60% Merino and 10% nylon.
Matching Essential Scarf and Gloves also available.
About Possum Merino
Once you’ve tried it nothing else will feel as warm and soft. Possum Merino is a wonderful blend of possum fur and superfine New Zealand Merino wool with a texture similar to cashmere - luxuriously soft, incredibly lightweight, exceptionally warm and easy to wear. It won’t pill, it won’t wrinkle, it’s anti-static and is an innovative and practical market solution to an environmental challenge facing New Zealand.
Due to its hollow nature, the possum fur fibre is incredibly insulating and provides exceptional thermal warmth without weight. Research has shown that it is 55% warmer than Merino and 35% warmer than cashmere.
Superfine New Zealand Merino wool is renowned for its skin-friendly softness, all-seasons breathability and easy care durability. It combines beautifully with possum fur to create garments of exceptional warmth and quality that are incredibly good value.
Please follow those on care label attached to the garment. Warm hand wash with a gentle detergent. Warm rinse well. Lay flat to dry in the shade. Do not bleach. Do not tumble dry. Drycleanable.
About Native World
The beginnings of Manawatu Knitting Mills, parent company of Native World, were humble. In the 1880s John and Mary Alice Stubbs started making socks from local wool and developed this cottage industry into a serious enterprise. In the early days of the new century, the New Zealand Rugby Union commissioned the Stubbs mill to manufacture the jerseys of the first New Zealand team – “The Originals” – to tour Great Britain. This was Dave Gallagher’s celebrated 1905 tour that resulted in the Kiwis being christened as the “All Blacks”. The Stubbs knitted jersey, made from pure New Zealand wool, was to become the stuff of legends. The war years brought an economic boom, with MKM producing military jerseys, socks and underwear. Post war, the boom continued with the company moving into production of shearer’s singlets, work jerseys, socks underwear and swimsuits. Through the years MKM has reshaped itself to become one of Australasia’s largest knitwear manufacturers. New technology has enabled MKM to explore using a range of natural fibres including possum fur and superfine Merino – both sourced in New Zealand.
About the Brushtail Possum
The Australian Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) is a medium sized marsupial and was introduced into New Zealand in 1837. It is from a completely different family to that of the American Opossum, and has a fur quality similar to Mink. With no natural predators, numbers exploded to approximately 70 million in the 1980s, with possums chewing their way through 21 000 tons of native vegetation each night. As well as competing directly with native birds for food, possums eat birds’ eggs, chicks and insects. Their voracious appetite threatens the survival of many of our native plants, insects and birds, including the iconic flightless kiwi.
Animal health and conservation authorities spend many millions of dollars each year on trapping and controversial poisoning campaigns in attempts to control the pest. In addition, the possum fur industry helps to keep the possum numbers down. Recent figures have shown that due to two decades of control, possum numbers have dropped to approximately 30 million. However, we must remain vigilant as with no natural predators, New Zealand conditions are so favourable for possums, they are often able to breed twice a year and could easily and rapidly increase in numbers once again.
The New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) support the use of possum fur.
So, by choosing to wear our luxurious Possum Merino knitwear from ‘NativeWorld’, you are helping to preserve the fragile and beautiful New Zealand environment – including New Zealand’s unique icon – the Kiwi, (‘NativeWorld’ supports the Kiwi Recovery Programme based in Rotorua). Become part of the solution and wrap up warm in Possum Merino.