Sherpa Jackets: Characteristics, Variations, and Washing!

Sherpa Jacket

Sherpa jackets are a winter special, especially in the northern US and Canada. These Sherpa jackets’ photos cannot be seen in any glossy fashion magazines. Where daily going to work is important and at the same time staying warm is a daily necessity, Sherpa jackets are actually among the more attractive options.

These jackets authentic clothing from native Himalayan cultures. Named after the Sherpa people of Nepal, the Sherpa fabric resembles the wool-lined clothing worn by the tribe. The fabric is typically made of synthetic fiber like polyester, pure cotton, or a blend of cotton and synthetic fibers. Sherpa Lining refers to a polyester lining with large and deep pile fuzzy naps in the garment industry that give it a bumpy texture. The overall effect is similar to real sheep’s wool, but it is faster drying, lightweight, and less bulky. It is cheaper as well.

In these jackets, the warm sherpa lining is sewed to the inside of a heavy exterior, usually heavy cotton. The good quality ones are double or triple-stitch so that the lining is sealed. In some cases, quilted padding is added between the outer shell and the lining. Men’s basic Sherpa jacket is straight-sided, thigh-length, flap breast pockets, full front zipper, and slit hand pockets. Many of them have interior breast pockets. The collars are lined with the same sherpa lining as the interior and are turndown.

Characteristics of Sherpa Jacket –

  • Good insulin
  • Effective in wicking away moisture
  • Easy to maintain
  • Lightweight and less bulky

Variations in Sherpa Jacket –

  • Buttons instead of a zipper – Wooden toggles or large thick buttons both work well.
  • Parka length – This jacket comes down to the knees for extra warmth.
  • Waist-length – This jacket is a little more portable than the basic thigh-length.
  • Leather exterior – Using leather instead of cotton for the exterior.

Washing Sherpa Jacket –

Washing once every four weeks is enough unless it is super dirty. The washing machine has to be set at a low temperature and put on a delicate spin cycle while washing. It shouldn’t be washed with other clothes. Mild detergent should be used, and no fabric softeners or bleach should be used. If there is a strain in the jacket, then rub a mild detergent into the area and hand wash with cool water—the best way to dry the jacket by hanging in the sun.


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