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New wool dyeing process commercialised

11 May, 2011

Source: AgResearch

A new dyeing process has resulted in a range of multi-coloured fine wool fabrics that have been positively received by New Zealand fashion designers.

AgResearch and BGI Developments are collaborating to develop large-scale manufacturing of multi-coloured fine wool fabrics. These will be distributed to fashion houses around the world.

Robyn George-Neich, director of BGI Developments, says, “These products are a world first in textile and fashion development and an excellent example of how technology can enhance New Zealand’s exports.

“The new colouring process developed by AgResearch means that patterns and graphics are dyed in the fabric, not just printed on top. The fabric looks and feels better because it doesn’t have plastic graphics on it. The consumer benefits because the pattern doesn’t deteriorate over time. The garment feels more comfortable and retains its appearance for longer.”

A team of textile scientists at AgResearch led by Dr Stewart Collie has developed the new process through intensive research. Dr Collie says, “The applications are very flexible and allow two colours to be used in all garments, avoiding the need to commit to one style well before a product enters the market.”

The process can be used on a wide range of fabric weights, and it is machine washable.

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