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Our Colors

All of our colors, even True Black, were developed after some trial and error. Black was by far the easiest/quickest, of course. Lynx Pattern was the most difficult.
Interestingly, we did not begin to achieve the performance characteristics we sought until working on our Lynx Pattern. We learned later this is because Lynx Pattern requires the use of a Jacquard Loom, which creates a three-dimensional aspect to the Fabric that enhances weather-resistance. All of our Fabrics are woven on the Jacquard Loom because we require all of our FullWeight Fabrics to offer the same performance. (Similarly, of course, both our MidWeight Fabrics must offer the same performance, and are likewise woven on a Jacquard Loom.) It is extremely unusual to weave solid colors on a Jacquard because it is much more expensive. And actually all our Fabrics are woven in Lynx Pattern, but the Solids are woven from yarns of one color. (The folks who do our weaving designate our Fabrics as Lynx-Black, Lynx-Lynx.) Close examination of our Solid Colors will reveal the Lynx Pattern, which creates a richness of texture and a small difference in refraction of light, both of which help our Solids to disappear in Nature.
All our colors disappear in Nature (possibly excepting Black) but are also  completely acceptable and admired in any social setting. 
Our Color Palette appears below:
As of 2023, the WeatherWool Color Palette includes Black, Brown, Drab (very similar to Military Olive Drab), Natural White and our own Proprietary Lynx Pattern
DRAB GREEN, second from the left in the above photo, and the entire photo below, is a solid color that we developed ourselves. It is similar to the familiar Olive Drab, but we have flattened it out even more by adding some gray. Drab really disappears in a lot of settings. When people see Drab, they often don't know what color to call it. We love that.

     DRAB GREEN, above, is very similar to the Military Olive Drab

      LYNX is our own proprietary pattern. Lynx disappears in a wide variety of natural settings and is much admired as general outerwear. Debby laughingly started referring to Lynx as "camo-camo" when one of our customers told us about an incident in a shopping mall.  A stranger was staring at his jacket, and eventually walked over and said very soberly, "You know, THAT would be good camouflage." Other customers have related identical experiences ... that is, people seeing Lynx somewhere and assuming the person wearing it did not understand the camo aspect. Along these lines, one of our Advisors is a well-known guy in outdoor circles, and he is sponsored by a big-time camo company. He asked them if he'd have to stop working with us, and they said we are no problem because we don't make camouflage clothing. And of course, the flip side is that people who are not camouflage-minded think Lynx is a very interesting and attractive pattern, and really like it for the look alone. But people who "think camo" immediately know Lynx is great camo.  Advisor Randy Dewing wore his Lynx Pattern Anorak over a dress shirt and tie to a graduation ceremony at the University where he was employed.  You can see a picture on his Advisor page. His comments are typical: "What’s interesting about wearing the Lynx pattern is that no one seems to think it is camouflage. Whenever I wear camo people always give me good-natured ribbing about it. Wearing that Anorak, people comment on how nice the wool is, but no one says anything about camo. To me, it looks like a camouflage hunting jacket…but it’s just a nice wool coat if you aren’t a hunter." Other people have asked who is the designer.

      People who want disappear in Nature will be well-served by Lynx Pattern. But Lynx Pattern is definitely noticed in public places. We've heard from many people that they've been approached by strangers -- usually women -- who are interested in the Fabric, and want to touch it.

      One guy told me he'd been thinking about wearing Lynx "on the town" for a while, and finally decided to give it a try. He entered a nice restaurant, and immediately had the full attention of the host. As the host approached, our customer thought he might be asked to leave. But instead, the host said something like WOW, NICE JACKET!

      Lynx uses four yarn colors, one of which is Natural White, and has been extensively field tested. The complexity of Lynx pattern requires it be woven on a Jacquard loom, but we also weave our Solid Colors on the Jacquard for the enhanced performance it enables in the Fabric.


         Lynx Pattern is copyrighted by WeatherWool

        Alex was the force behind Lynx Pattern. He wanted a camo pattern that would "fly under the radar", and be beautiful as well. Nature has solved that problem thousands of times, and we copied Lynx Pattern from the foreleg of a pelt of a Canada Lynx.

        Here is a sweet 10-second video a customer from Alaska sent us. He was on his ATV because of an ankle injury. His Lynx Pattern CPO was on the seat when the real thing walked by!

          TRUE BLACK. Unlike our other colors, black is conspicuous in Nature, at least to a human eye, but obviously works for a wide variety of birds and animals. Black is always a favorite color and works everywhere unless you are seeking concealment from human eyes in a lighted area. From my own experience, I don't think black is as conspicuous to animals as it is to people.


              There are many ways of doing black. We wish to present TRUE BLACK


                CLASSIC BROWN is the classic, basic BROWN, and another earth tone. Brown blends extremely well into natural settings, and Debby pointed out that is doubtless why Whitetail Deer are basic Brown. Brown looks great in a city setting.

                  WeatherWool offers a classic Brown Fabric, as well as Black, Drab (Dark Green) and our own Lynx Pattern

                   CLASSIC BROWN, above ... a traditional, basic, familiar brown

                    DUFF has been discontinued. When our original dye house was destroyed by Hurricane Ida, the new dye house somehow turned Duff into Classic Brown, and most people liked it better. But we have a lot of Duff garments out there, so I mention Duff here for clarity for people who have some of the Duff garments.

                      Drab and Brown can be difficult to distinguish except in bright light. Colors that tend to look alike are known as metamers, and we did seek this effect during development. Please click here to read a little about the metamers Drab and Duff. I will need to update the Metamers Page for Classic Brown ...


                        NATURAL WHITE (Cream) ... The dyes used to make WeatherWool fabric are "reactive" dyes, which are considered eco-friendly.  They do not require the use of toxic mordants or fixatives, and do not use heavy metals. But some customers have asked for Natural, Undyed Fabric, so as of Batch 9 we are beginning to offer NATURAL UNDYED WHITE. This Fabric is the color of WHITE SHEEP, which aren't quite white, more of a CREAM color. It is the color most-desired for making clothes because usually people will be dyeing to a desired color. But there are several reasons to wish for Natural White:

                        • Natural White will not pick up as much heat from the sun
                        • Some people prefer to avoid dyed fabrics for philosophical or aesthetic reasons
                        • Natural White will blend in best in some environments (snow!)
                        • And some folks want to dye the Fabric in colors we do not offer, such as Gray, Safety Green, Blaze Orange, Red ...

                        As of 2023, the WeatherWool Color Palette includes True Black, Classic Brown, Drab Green (very similar to Military Olive Drab), Natural White (Cream) and our own Proprietary Lynx Pattern

                         WeatherWool Natural White (cream)


                        Please visit this link for observations on Light Tests for different colored fabric.

                        10 September 2023--- Ralph