Hong Kong-based Esquel Group has developed a new series of yarns combining Australian Merino wool and cotton to give its trans-seasonal garments a softer and more luxurious feel.

The yarns are said to be softer to touch and more comfortable to wear than 100% cotton, as well as being lighter in weight and have more breathability, more elasticity and better UV protection.

Esquel, a major cotton apparel manufacturer, has blended Merino wool grown in Australia with its own extra long staple (ELS) cotton grown in China to create 90/10, 80/20, 70/30 and 45/55 cotton/wool blend yarns, known as Comerino.

Esquel and Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) are launching the Comerino range this week at the Spin Expo trade show (20-22 July) in New York, which targets buyers throughout the Americas region.