At Jane Henry we see the beauty in the diversity of nature and believe the hues of naturally coloured merino wool to be just as beautiful as white fibre. So when the opportunity arose to farm a flock of once wild coloured merinos for their wool we did not hesitate.
Naturally coloured Merino sheep are very rare, especially superfine and ultrafine Merino sheep like ours, so we are mindful of the need to treat this unique resource with the greatest respect, adding value through design and quality workmanship.
Extensive research and testing has enabled us to determine the optimum twist level to retain both strength and handle/softness and the best uses for our fibre. This testing and refinement is an ongoing process for us and we work alongside highly qualified scientists and technicians to advise us on best practice.
At each step of the long journey to transform it into the finished product we align ourselves with companies that not only have the technical skills to work with the finest merino fibre in the world, but also appreciate the value of what they hold in their hands.
We are united by a desire to provide our customers with an alternative to the disposable throwaway consumer culture and are committed to creating garments of lasting value.
Jane Henry Merino aspires to manufacture entirely in New Zealand. While it has become increasingly difficult to access manufacturing capability in New Zealand across all the various processes required, every effort has been made to retain our local base and to support those few remaining artisans who show true passion for natural fibres and dedication to local production.
Choose from our range of original designer merino scarves and shawls. These are super soft and naturally coloured as no dyes are needed to create our vibrant hues of nature.Read More
Meet The Team
Jane Shand: Designer
"I grew up on a New Zealand sheep farm and have been classing, spinning, knitting and designing with wool for over thirty years, alongside my teaching career. My interest in working with natural fibres has developed hand-in-hand with my love for our beautiful country, and sustainable living and growing. My partnership with Henry presents a wonderful opportunity to take a beautiful raw product from the farm right through to fashion."
Henry Dyer: Grower, Waimate
"My family has been farming this land for generations- the white merino fibre produced from our farm is used extensively by exclusive Italian suit makers. It is unusual to be farming a flock of naturally coloured ultrafine merino on the same property but I feel it is a privilege to be the custodian of such a scarce and unique resource."
William Gibson: Grower, Middlemarch
"My family are sheep farmers and with their help I’ve been breeding and successfully entering competitions with my coloured superfine merino fleeces, for over 10 years. The quality of my fleeces has been recognised with many ‘Supreme Champion’ awards throughout these years. I constantly strive for perfection in colour range and style, and I also breed the exceptionally rare merino moorit which produces a range of soft tan shades. It’s a huge thrill to see my fleeces being used in Jane Henry garments."