Finishing processes refers to those stages of the wool pipeline, such as colouring, that involve an aqueous (or wet) production technique and are associated with the final steps in fabric creation. These are defined by whether a fabric is a knitwear or a woven product.
One of the most aesthetically important treatments for a garment is in the application of dyes. Colour can be added to Merino wool garments at a range of stages in the wool pipeline, depending on the end result that is required.
The colour of a textile product is one of its most important aesthetic properties. Although some naturally coloured wool is grown the majority of wool textiles have undergone a colouration process - dyeing, bleaching or printing. Colouration, and dyeing in particular, is just one of many processes involved in the production of wool textiles. The position of dyeing in the manufacturing sequence will determine the nature of the process and dyes that are used.
For both woollen and worsted processes the position of the dyeing step is determined by the nature of the final article. However, there are situations where the end product specifications may not be known to the dyer and it is necessary to adopt processes and dyes that will meet all foreseeable requirements.