Along with tin pants and Hickory Shirts, the
old loggers in the Pacific Northwest wore knitted wool underwear. These were
made from lambswool in a natural mix, including wool from the black sheep. The
color, a gray mix, gave rise to the name "Black Underwear". The best
of this was, and still is, made in Nova Scotia, and remains basic to the clothing
worn by outdoorsmen in the cold Canadian winters. It is suggested when extra
warmth is needed, or whenever the reliability of wool is essential for survival
in the cold or wet. It is durable, keeps out the cold even when damp, and is
much longer than ordinary sweaters, giving good protection over the hips. Loggers
and fishermen in British Columbia find this a reliable garment all along the
cold, wet coast.
The underwear we carry is now made in Canada by Stanfield's Ltd., who have taken
this product over from Nova Scotia Textiles. Stanfield's is a long established
woolen mill, founded in 1856 on Prince Edward Island and later moved to Nova
Scotia. They specialized in underwear, and obtained a large boost in sales
with the Yukon gold rush and the Trail of '98.
The Heavy Weight 80/20 Underwear is knittedin a heavy rib knit from a blend of 80% lambswool and 20% nylon for easy care, absorbent comfort, warmth and longer wear. All garments are generously sized and seams are flatlocked for extra wear. The
top has a button placket front. The drawers have a fly front, elastic waistband
and are ankle length with ribbed cuffs. The union suit has a button front with
crew neck and a single button flap over the seat. In recent years, the top has come into use as a work sweater.
Care of 80/20 Wool Underwear
The Heavy Weight 80/20 Wool Underwear is machine washable on a gentle cycle.