The term balaclava first began being used during and following the Crimean War. During the that time, hand knit balaclavas were sent to the British troops to help protect them from the bitter cold weather. British troops required this aid, as their own supplies (warm clothing, weatherproof quarters, and food) never arrived in time. Our example is hand knit from 100% wool yarn and is taken from traditional balaclava patterns. The yarns used to construct the balaclava are spun and dyed by the same family woolen mill that has been dying and spinning yarns since 1857. Our reproduction will keep you warm during even the coldest times and is a welcome addition to any authentic kit.