Having been around sheepskin since I was a kid, I got to know the benefits of wool long before it became a fashion statement. As kids, on cold mornings our parents wrapped sheepskin around our feet while we were helping out in the shearing shed at my Uncles' farm in New Zealand back in the '60s. We worked the presses, (a holding box where the wool was placed after it left the sorting table, see photo) Our job was to keep jumping up and down on the wool, slowly compressing it further into the box until we could no longer keep the wool in the press and it started to over flow, at which time another box was placed over the top of the first, more wool was added until that too was full, and then a lid was placed so that it fitted inside the box. The lid was connected to a winch and
pulleys,and a long handle and slowly but surely the wool in the top box was compressed so that it all eventually was compacted into a tight bale inside the first box and sewn shut. It was a lot of work but again as kids........we loved it.