Double Face

Double Face is the highest quality skin used for garments and footwear, where both sides of the skin are visible. This requires fine dense wool, with even characteristics, and a quality pelt with as few defects as possible.

Double Face is usually sourced from Spring Lamb Skin from animals up to 6 months old where Seed Contamination is less, or Shorn Lambs up to 13 months old.

  • Spring Lamb Skins - Young lambs which are yet to be shorn. Availability commences in Australia in about July / August each year reaching peak season around November / December. Early season skins are of wool length 1.5 to 2.0 inches. Late in the season (September through to November) it is common to find wool length of 2.0 to 3.0 inches. Skins from the majority of Spring Lambs are a good source of high quality double face for garments, and collar / cuff trims.
  • Shorn Lambskins - Shorn Lamb Skins come into production around January and continue throughout the year. Early in the season wool length commences around 0.25 inch and lengthens as the season progresses to 1.5 to 2.5 inches and longer. Most of these skins are seed affected so only a smaller proportion of the total production are suitable for in garment applications.

Skin Selection
Double Face requires nearly perfect skins that are Seed Free (or Light Seedy) with a strong pelt and fine wool. Generally speaking, the stronger the pelt, the coarser the wool... and vice versa. A Wool Count of 50 to 58's is usually the most appropriate, providing the correct balance between pelt strength and fine wool.