The Shepherd's Wool Utillity Cloth in Neela Blue. The Shepherd's Wool Utillity Cloth in the Home Modern Tartan (red and green grid on a black field). The Shepherd's Wool Utillity Cloth in the Glasglow Tartan (red, green, and blue checkers with a red grid). The Shepherd's Wool Utillity Cloth in Half-Light (pale) purple. The Shepherd's Wool Utillity Cloth in Saffron (goldenrod yellow). The Shepherd's Wool Utillity Cloth in Matter (dark) Grey. The Shepherd's Wool Utillity Cloth in True Black. The Shepherd's Wool Utillity Cloth in Ochre (dark orange). A person wearing the Shepherd's Wool Utility Cloth as a kerchief. A person wearing the Shepherd's Wool Utility Cloth as a kerchief. A person wearing the Shepherd's Wool Utility Cloth as a kerchief.
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Original Shepherd's Wool Utility Cloth

$30.00

Woven in Scotland from 23.5 micron fine texture New Zealand/Australian wool.

Saffron Gold
Neela Blue
Matter Grey
Half-Light Purple
True Black
Glasgow Tartan
Home Modern Tartan

Description

Over the past couple of years, Tom has taken to ofttimes wearing a simple cotton bandana tied around his neck while hiking, traveling, or pretty much any time he felt like it. While hiking, the bandana provided protection from sun, wind, and cold; when traveling, it could serve as a make-do tablecloth, a way to dry hands, or to protect a small delicate souvenir. And for those pretty much any times, it could be used to wrap around a glass jar used as a coffee mug or as a headband to prevent sweat from dripping into the eyes.

That was all well and good, but not quite good enough for Tom. He imagined that having such an item made of wool rather than cotton might expand its utility even further, adding seasons/temperatures/situations in which it might prove useful. He made samples of various sizes and fabric weights, testing them all thoroughly, finally arriving on an optimal 27” / 70cm square of lightweight wool.

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Next up was finding a source for the wool fabric, which you’d think would be easy but proved a greater challenge than expected. After many dead ends, quite serendipitously Tom stumbled upon a mill in Scotland that not only wove their own fabric, but also manufactured items somewhat akin to his prototype. Yes, you heard that right, Scotland. And yes that means tartans.

The wool, sourced in New Zealand and Australia, is lightweight and by most folks opinion pretty darn soft and itchless (your mileage may vary). The Shepherd's Wool Utility Cloth is, as a travel accessory, superbly useful: it's an ad hoc table cloth, a (very) minimalist blanket on a drafty airplane, a wrap to protect an impromptu purchase of a bottle of wine, a flag to wave at parting friends (or maybe partying friends). Properly tied around one’s neck, it can be as warm as a bulky scarf, yet it takes up almost no space whatsoever when folded in your bag or backpack.

The Shepherd's Wool Utility Cloth hand washes easily and dries quickly; wash it in the hotel sink with a tiny bit of soap, hang it, and it'll be dry before you know it. Please don't machine wash -- and never machine dry -- your Shepherd's Wool Utility Cloth. Dry cleaning is fine too.

We're offering the Shepherd's Wool Utility Cloth in the following colors:

Neela Blue
A brilliant blue; may remind one of the deepest blue in a peacock feather.

Half-Light Purple
A dusky purple/grey.

Saffron Gold
A full, vibrant yellow-gold.

Matter Grey
A stately grey.

True Black
That you-can't-go-wrong shade of deep black.

Glasglow tartan
A red/black/green plaid; more red than the other two colors.

Home Modern tartan
A navy/red/green plaid; more navy than the other two colors.

Tom claims that if you drape one over your face while napping on the airplane, you’re almost certain to dream of shortbread and whiskey. 

Materials

Wool is 23.5 micron; fine texture, robust yet smooth. The wool yarns are sourced through merchants who guarantee quality mulesing-free wool.

Specs

Dimensions: 27" / 70cm square
Weight: 2.3 oz / 65g
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Sewn in Seattle

Our bags are designed and sewn right here in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

That allows us to be control freaks in the best way possible; we have direct control and oversight of the quality of our materials, our products, and the jobs and working environment that we help create. It also offers us a unique spontaneity: when we have an idea for a new product or accessory, we can design it, figure out how to build it, add it to our website and be ready to ship it out our front door all within just a few weeks. How cool is that?

Intrigued? You can find out more about the unusual way we do business on our Company Philosophy page.

THE BIHN Guarantee

Everything you buy from us here at TOM BIHN is satisfaction guaranteed. We’ve been in business for over 30 years and we stand behind what we make.

If something goes wrong and it's our fault, we'll fix it for free. Repairs due to normal wear and tear or due to other things that are not our fault will be performed, when possible, at a reasonable charge right here in our Seattle factory where your bag was made. Defects in materials or workmanship are uncommon and almost always evident while the product is still new. Keep in mind that bags and packs are often subject to extreme wear in everyday use: do not expect them to last forever. Only true love lasts forever! You can expect a TOM BIHN product to give years and years of hard service.

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The yellow is pure sunshine. Not that it was advertised for it, drying after a bath with her was not stellar, lacked a bit as far as absorbency. The hand of this cloth though is purrfection, and only better after a couple of delicate cycles in the speedqueen with atsko detergent. Very quick to air dry as well. I am sure I will find many handy uses for this in time.

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wonderful bandana

I have been looking for a wool bandana that a) I didn't have to cut and hem myself, and b) was actually big enough for my giant head full of dreadlocks. the utility cloth is exactly what i was looking for, and I will definitely be buying more, and also getting the large size when money permits

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Shepherd’s Wool Utility Cloth

A bandana made from wool is unique and the Glasgow tartan pattern is beautiful. I bought this as a gift for my husband who wears it as a warm neck gaiter. His only wish is that it was a few inches larger.

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Like a scarf…

It’s easier to carry than a scarf…like a neckkerchief, but as warm as a scarf….so very useful. I wear merino wool tops, so I had to try this. Not at all itchy, and it will get softer wih use.

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