As we move into the summer months the weather is becoming kinder and the days a little brighter. These summer months are also bringing news of positive developments in the wool market that are great for both consumers and manufacturers.
Although the wool industry in Australia is now a third of the size that it was many decades ago, it is still a strong part of the economy of the country. Production of wool in Australia is set to reach a 90-year low in 2016, however, prices for this versatile fibre are actually on the rise. In the last two months alone, prices of Australian wool have risen by 15%. Continue reading →
The increasing popularity of wool as a fabric for all seasons was given a boost this week. Designers Holly Fulton and Lou Dalton met with fashion journalist Chris McDowell in London to promote the year-round use of the fabric. Lindsay Taylor, a representative of Holland & Sherry Group, a widely known wool merchants, was also in attendance. The meeting took place on Wednesday morning and was the collaboration of several ideas regarding wool fashion for spring, summer, autumn and winter! Continue reading →
The popularity of wool as a fibre for clothing varies around the world according to different fashions as well as availability and price. News is constantly emerging of market developments and, as a manufacturer or consumer, it pays to keep up to date!
In China certain fashion trends are the main driving factor behind poor prices for most types of fine wool at the moment. This all relates back to the current political situation where many anti-corruption cases have recently taken place. This has seen people in China opt for more casual wear over the previous trend of being seen in high-end suits. Continue reading →
The terms cashmere and pashmina are often used interchangeably, however, it should be noted that pashmina is actually a type of cashmere. Pashmina is of Indian origin and the word is of Persian descent; referring to a certain type of cashmere that is finer than the rest. There are officially recognised standards for both, in relation to length and quality, which have to be adhered to if a product is to be labelled either pashmina or cashmere. Continue reading →
Cashmere sweaters are an absolute favourite amongst gift-givers and with their luxurious feel and fine appearance, they are always a gift that is well received. They are particularly great gifts to give at Christmas as they are incredibly warm – often seven times as warm as conventional wool! As per usual, with high quality comes a high price tag, but why is cashmere exceptionally more expensive than other wool products? Continue reading →
The process of manufacturing scarves or throws or fabric using woollen yarns or woollen blends is all very similar.
We start by deciding what type of yarn to use , referred to as the count of yarn. By knowing what count of yarn we use we must then decide how many threads per inch we will have in the warp ( threads that run length ways in fabric) and how many threads we will insert in the crossing of the warp know as the weft.
The first part of the manufacturing process is the preparation of the warp known as warping. We take the threads from the spools on which they arrive, place them in a creel which holds then in the desired design and then the threads are drawn off by a rotating drum and they get wrapped around the drum. Continue reading →