I grew up in Ukraine, although not on a farm. I was raised in the city of Kharkiv. I also had an interest in sewing as I was growing up; making clothes for myself and my family.
I came to the idea of starting a business making wool bedding quite accidentally. Initially, I was looking for a way to help my 10-year old daughter, Natasha, sleep more soundly. She was a restless sleeper and woke my husband and I up nearly every night because she couldn’t sleep. A friend suggested that a wool comforter might help her sleep more deeply and prevent her waking during the night. We figured it was worth a try and bought a wool comforter. It was truly like magic; she began sleeping soundly night after night. I was so impressed I bought a comforter for my husband and I. We too began sleeping deeply and more restfully.
This inspired me to begin researching wool. Why did this material have such a profound effect on our quality of sleep? The molecular structure of wool fiber and its compatibility with human skin is just one of the reasons. Please see the section on the history of wool to learn the amazing benefits of this natural material.
Since wool comforters had been so beneficial to my family’s sleep, I reasoned that a wool mattress topper would be equally helpful. So I made my own with great results. I began thinking that people spend a third of their lives sleeping; 7 to 8 hours a night. Why shouldn’t everyone get the best night’s rest possible? So then I immediately thought of a business making wool comforters, mattress toppers and pillows.
About this time I started talking with Svetlana who had superior sewing skills as well as a passion for environmentally friendly fabrics. We bonded and became business partners. The result is Wisdom of Wool, our company, which makes eco wool and cotton comforters, mattress toppers, pillows , waist wraps and wool dryer balls.