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Research Seeks Stretch Pile Fabrics In Wool

RESEARCH SEEKS StrETCH PILE FAbrICS IN WOOLWool industry researchers are hopeful of being able to produce a commercial stretch pile fabric in pure wool, aimed at apparel, upholstery and bedding applications.Good stretch, soft handle, warmth without weight, comfort and breathability are the criteria being built into the new fabrics by experts at the Wool Research Organization of New Zealand (WRONZ), working on behalf of the development body Australian Wool Innovation.The research aims to examine factors such as washability, durability and comfort, pinpointing the best product areas for further development. A commercial launch of fabric and garment ranges is targeted for December 2004.AWI managing director Col Dorber said the research could open a range of exciting possibilities for Australian wool and wool blends, describing the development of a novel stretchy pile fabric as "one of the most exciting and radical innovations in wool products for some time."The WRONZ researchers are also looking into novel pure wool fabrics for lightweight business shirts and blouses and for the bed linen market, using 18 micron wool. Branded garments could be on the market by March 2003.November 2001