Over the years, we have been asked a lot of questions about our flannel and wool shirts.
1. Will flannel shrink? The answer is yes. That's why at Flyshacker we prewash ALL of our 100% cotton flannels to help reduce the residual shrinkage at home. You can feel safe washing your Flyshacker in warm water and dry on a low heat setting.
2. What are flannel shirts? Interesting question. . .
Flannel first emerged in the 17th century, created by the Welsh as a replacement to their plain wool garb. Made out of worsted yarn, napped on one or both sides, the fabric provided much better protection against their wet and windy winters. As for who named it... it’s unclear, but the French called it flanelle, the Germans, Flanell.
Today flannel is synonymous with outdoor apparel. Often confused with plaid (which is just a pattern of woven flannel), flannel is a staple for outdoor brands like Flyshacker.
3. What is the origin of "plaid"?
Here are a few interest facts...
Plaid (first referred to as Tartan) emerged in Scotland in the 1700s. Geographically separated weavers produced different patterns based on which dyes and materials were available. So depending on the region you lived, that particular tartan would represent your clan.
Plaid has found its way into both high fashion and everyday style, even becoming a staple in our homes – we've all owned at least one plaid blanket. And the fan-favorite look doesn't seem to be going anywhere.
4. How does wool keep you warm and dry?
Think of wool like a thermos for your body -- it can keep you warm or cool depending on your needs. Because wool fibers have natural kinks and bends, they trap air to keep your body warm. These tiny pockets of air within each wool fiber also creates breathability, which helps keep you cool when needed.
Wool can soak up as much as 30 percent of its own weight in moisture without feeling wet, which is one of the reasons it can still keep you warm even in the rain [source: American Sheep Industry Association]. The fibers have a natural crimp that helps to wick moisture away from the body. Getting this moisture off your bare skin is a key element to keeping warm in wet conditions.
If you have more questions about our products, please reach out to us at email@example.com.