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Merino is one of the world’s oldest breeds of sheep, producing extremely soft and versatile wool. Merino is breathable, and moisture-wicking, making it suitable for all seasons and a variety of uses.

Here at The Fabric Store, we love merino for so many reasons, especially its versatility and hypoallergenic properties, making it the perfect choice for babies and anyone with sensitive skin.

Our ZQ 200gsm Premium Merino jersey range includes a spectrum of over 30 beautiful exclusive colours, which we refine and add to regularly.

Scroll down to read more about our merino!

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1/4 Our ZQ Focus

2/4 Our ZQ Focus

We’re taking local to a whole new level with our new ZQ 200gsm Premium Merino range, produced in partnership with ZQ, the world leader for ethical wool. ZQ represents the wool of choice for world-class brands and stands for quality, sustainability, and connection, from the ZQ farmers through to our home-sewing community.

This partnership allows us here at The Fabric Store to trace our merino right back to its source farms, connecting us to the values, vision, and ethical farming systems that went into its production. Considered guardians of the environment, each of these ZQ farms maintains individual long-term supply contracts with ZQ. These contracts provide sustainable wool price-points for farmers, meaning they are able to produce fit-for-purpose fibre, be recognised for their values and ethical farming systems, and have income stability. We love that these ZQ contracts give us the certainty that our merino is consistent in fibre quality, traceable to source, meets environmental sustainability benchmarks and adheres to animal welfare and social responsibilities.

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Our ZQ Premium Merino is milled for us by a heritage company, originally based in New Zealand and now located in Nam Dinh City, Vietnam, with over 50 years in the business. We have a long and trusting relationship with this mill, which is a Bluesign System Partner and provides a MAPP performance guarantee. This company also adheres to social accountability practices based on the Social Accountability International SA8000 Standard, which provides safety and well-being standards for workers. These include safe workplaces and healthy working conditions, a living wage, an increased awareness of worker rights as well as enhanced relationships with management and more input in workplace decision-making. The company’s health and safety practices also adhere to the local government requirements of both office and production sites.

Before it arrives in our New Zealand HQ as fabric, our ZQ Premium Merino wool production cycle is sectioned into four key stages, with facilities located in the areas below.

Sheep + Fleece — Various merino stations, all within New Zealand

Scouring, Combing + Topmaking — Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu Province, China

Spinning — Dalat City and Nam Dinh City, Vietnam

Knitting — Nam Dinh City, Vietnam

The resulting ZQ Premium Merino fabric from these partnerships is a super-soft 100% merino, 18.9 micron single jersey knit at 200gsm, certified to OEKO-TEX Standard 100. We know you will love it!

Learn more about our sustainability commitment here.

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4/4 Uses

Our Premium Merino jersey has so many uses!

We love to use it for everything from sportswear and outdoor insulating garments, clothes and accessories for babies and children, to a range of fashion garments such as dresses, tops and layering pieces.

We have loads of fabulous ideas for Merino over on the blog, including pattern reviews, DIY projects and fabric guides.

Check out the blog here.

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Fabric Options

ZQ Premium Merino
— 200gsm

$48.00
$ per metre
Composition: 100% Merino
Width: 150cm (59")
GSM: 200
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Petal — Seasonal Colour

Rose Pink — Seasonal Colour

Marigold — Seasonal Colour

Poppy — Seasonal Colour

Ice Blue — Seasonal Colour

Silver — Seasonal Colour

Pickle — Seasonal Colour

Cocoa — Seasonal Colour

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