El Solitario's ponchos are handmade using only 100% natural wool. Crafted in a small family factory using traditional water driven machinery in the Sierra of Cadiz.
Here it's known to be the area in Spain where it rains the most. This allows their wool to arrive clean and intact to the factories, thus not needing excessive temperature washes or chemical treatments.
Spain, especially the Sierra of Cadiz, was for centuries the place to be if you wanted to find the best available wools. However, during the 1870s these towns witnessed a rapid decline, which took them to the verge of disappearance due to the effects of the "improved" industrial manufacturing techniques and a massive shift on efficiency driven patterns. Sound familiar?
Fortunately enough and thanks only to the perseverance of some families through the years, the merino breed itself did not disappear and they are once again producing the same high quality wool products as they once did.