Ashford wool sliver is 100% pure New Zealand wool. The wool is grown on sheep farms in the South Island of New Zealand where the sheep graze on large grassy paddocks and are free from mulesing. Ashford only use wool with good length that is free from breaks, has high bulk, brightness, low vegetable matter and is the correct micron. The wool is washed using a standard aqueous treatment with eco-friendly biodegradable detergent. The wool is dyed using ecologically-safe Oeko-Tex compliant dyes, then steam dried, carded, gilled, combed and finally wound into bumps. The sliver is then ready to use with no waste or preparation.