Woolyarns are on the quest to develop the world’s best yarn. Based in Wellington, they have created a fibre blend that is lighter and more luxurious than even nature could create. Perino takes the warm rich fibre from sustainably sourced New Zealand Brushtail Possum, mixing it with New Zealand ethical and traceable ZQ Merino and premium silk, giving it the texture similar to cashmere and it is a practical solution to an environmental challenge facing New Zealand.

Knitted in the Bay of Plenty to Barkers precise specifications, this season sees the creation of our most luxurious range of New Zealand sourced, New Zealand made knitwear. Winter warmth with a premium feel.

Due to its hollow nature, possum fur fibre is extremely insulating and provides exceptional warmth without weight. The superb blend of possum fur and superfine ZQ New Zealand Merino wool is less inclined to pill, which means it can be worn for years and still look great. The Brushtail possum is a notified pest in New Zealand. The species was introduced into New Zealand during the 19th century. It thrived in the country’s forests and the population exploded. Every year, possums cause immense harm to the country’s natural flora and fauna. Possum control programmes are in place to try and protect native trees, plants and birdlife. The fibre we source is a by-product of those eradication programmes. It is collected from a small number of carefully selected regions and only at certain times of the year. It's blended with only the finest microns of merino to guarantee softness and consistency.

Superfine ZQ New Zealand Merino wool is renowned for its softness, all-seasons breathability and easy care. Our ZQ Merino range uses the most ethical and sustainable merino and is completely traceable through the production process right back to the farm where the wool is sourced. ZQ certifies their farmers are meeting the highest standards in animal welfare, environmental and social sustainability. It combines superbly with possum fur to create garments of exceptional warmth and quality.