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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 14:29

Wool fabric innovation

Australian Wool Innovation’s marketing arm, the Woolmark Company, has unveiled the latest round of innovative wool fabrics and the newest version of the Wool Lab, highlighting the great versatility of wool as a natural fibre.

More than 55,000 visitors are expected at the Première Vision textile and fashion trade event in France, where the latest fabric created using Optim™ fabric is being presented.
The new wool product is called Neulana Double and is a 100 per cent wool fabric with two very different surfaces.
One face is smooth like a traditional outer-shell, while the other is soft, bulky and brushed. 

This innovative double weave fabric provides maximum insulation while minimising fabric weight and retaining all of Merino wool’s natural properties such as breathability and moisture management.
The outer face of Neulana Double is constructed at very high levels of thread density in warp and weft using fine Merino wool yarns that have been stretched, but not set, during Optim™ processing.
It is only when the fabric is wet-finished that the stretch is released causing the yarns to contract, thus leading to an extreme tightening of the fabric structure and the creation of the immensely dense fabric.
The inner-side of Neulana Double is soft to touch and is great next to skin.
By using special treatment technology, a loose-yet-full structure is formed inside the yarn, raising the ratio of fabric volume to weight.
The end result is an air-like, soft fabric with voluminous characteristics and an exquisitely soft handle.
What's of particular interest is that whilst this fabric appears to be bonded, it is actually woven and so eliminates the need for any synthetics, glue, membrane or lining, and is suitable for high-end casual jackets.
“The Woolmark Company strives to lead the way in the development of technical and performance textiles, both knitted and woven,” explains The Woolmark Company General Manager, Processing Innovation & Education Extension Julie Davies.
“Market demand for technical fibres continues to increase and the development of Neulana Double is our response to this rising demand.
"Wool is an amazing performance fibre and modern innovations and collaborations have led to the creation of lightweight, technical fabrics for the modern-day consumer.”
Neulana Double follows the success of the initial release of fabric using Optim™ technology - co-developed with Nanshan at the Wool Development Centre in China - called Neulana Protect.
AWI last year created a series of jackets exclusively for Australian woolgrowers using this wind and water-resistant fabric.

The Woolmark Company will also present The Wool Lab Autumn/Winter 2018/19 and The Wool Lab Sport. The Wool Lab AW 1819 includes seven fashion-oriented themes, showcasing a collection of the latest commercially available wool fabrics and yarns. The Wool Lab Sport has been updated to include the latest innovations and technical fabrics. One-on-one showings of these innovative sourcing guides are also available; contact The Woolmark Company to arrange a meeting.

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