Basing itself on all the years of experience it has acquired, while at the same time constantly investing in research and new technology, the Ermenegildo Zegna wool mill has concentrated mainly on the production of high quality wool, cashmere and mohair fabrics. In other words, the best there could possibly be in the world in terms of noble fibers.
Fabrics differ in terms of the raw materials used, naturally, and whether they are worsten or woolen.
Worsted fabrics are generally cooler and lighter (nearly all fabrics weighing under 250 g are worsted) and have a more satin-like (less "fuzzy") appearance. Worsted fabrics are made from longer fibers, which produce finer yarns. Worsted yarns can also be high-twisted, which increases strength and crease recovery and gives the fabric a cooler, drier handle. Examples include High Performance and fabrics in the Traveller family.
Woolen fabrics have a bulkier look, are warmer (not so much because of their weight as the finishes applied to them) and are used mainly for winter wear. Woollen fabrics are made with shorter fibers, which tend to “stick out” from the yarn, giving the fabric its characteristic fuzzy, full and warm appearance. Woollen fabrics are generally heavier than worsted ones. In the finishing stages, they can be fulled and gauzed (brushed) to make the hair rise from the surface and accentuate volume and softness. Of the woollen products from Lanificio Ermenegildo Zegna, the most outstanding are the cashmere fabrics and accessories: precious, soft, warm, comfortable and always innovative.