New innovations pave the way forward for the Merino wool industry, allowing it to be a dynamic one that is forever changing. Innovations can be introduced into Merino wool at any stage in the manufacturing process – reaffirming Merino wool as versatile, cutting edge and a clever alternative to other fibres.
Thoughtful design at the International Woolmark Prize
From renewable and ethical replacements to animal hide and down, to traceable supply chains and upcycling techniques, the 2018/19 International Woolmark Prize finalists excelled in applying wool to considered and innovative fashion design.
World's first wind and water resistant wool
Using the latest OptimTM spinning techniques, The Woolmark Company, in partnership with The Nanshan Group, have created a 100% Australian Merino wool fabric that is resistant to both wind and rain. Neulana Protect delivers a unique, high-performance fabric that is ideal for outer-wear apparel.
Run sock-free in wool shoes
Gone are the days of wool only being used for slippers; wool sneakers and other varieties of wool shoes are on the rise. The success of wool in footwear lies not only in the fibre’s natural properties, but also in its ability to be constructed in a way that aids performance.
Merino wool denim
As denim continues to remain one of the world’s most popular fabrics, it was only a matter of time before brands began incorporating a high-performance fibre such as Merino wool into their denim. Recent production developments including the use of machine washable wool yarns have led to a more cost-effective way to produce Wool Denim.
World's lightest technical performance t-shirt
Utilising the natural properties of Merino wool, such as odour resistance, moisture wicking and breathability, the Rhythm T-shirt by Black Diamond is the world’s lightest technical performance Merino wool T-shirt. Available for men and women, this ultralight T-shirt features breakthrough Nuyarn Merino wool fabric technology, weighing just 95gsm.
Lightweight wool terry loop jersey
This sweater is constructed using terry loop jersey with 100% Merino wool, elevating a traditionally casual sweater into a functional and performing sports luxe item. The relaxed silhouette coupled with this slightly stretchy knit allows for a comfortable and lightweight garment, that has been finished to be machine washable.
“Australian Merino wool is a naturally sustainable super-fibre that helps protect against odour, is incredibly strong, yet is light enough to be worn during all of your workouts and has beautiful hand feel and texture.”
Why cradle-to-cradle needs to be included in fashion’s sustainability rating tools
Technology allowing garments to look good and feel better promotes the positive aspects of woollen products and therefore increases consumer demand for these products. From allowing wool products to feel as smooth as silk or promoting them as UV-protectant, having easy-to-care for garments and ones which revitalise the wearer thanks to aromatherapy, innovations in Merino wool have come a long way. During recent years The Woolmark Company and its partners have developed a host of Merino wool innovations, making Merino wool a stellar choice for all those involved in the production process. Discover more innovations in wool below.