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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. 


Ultimate comfort
Textile innovations including fully-fashioned knitting technology utilise superfine Merino wool to provide superior comfort.
 

Improved blood flow
New-age wool fabrics compress the body's muscles to increase blood flow and improve athletic performance.
 

Body contouring
Wool acts like a second skin to support and protect the contours of the body without restricting movement.

Breathable activewear
Innovative wool workout clothing can absorb large quantities of sweat, and help it evaporate.
 

Minimal textile waste
Whole-garment technology eliminates the need for cut-and-sew manufacturing, so only the exact amount of fabric required is used.
 

Water resistant wool
New textile innovations are paving the way for the world's first-ever wool raincoats.

Textile Innovation

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.

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“Customers have got used to the idea of wearing a jacket made from 100% Merino wool, and they are surprised at how well it works to keep you warm and dry without having to use any synthetics or membranes.”
RÖJK marketing director Linus Zetterlund
RÖJK marketing director Linus Zetterlund

Textile Innovation

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.

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Textile Innovation

Seamless wool apparel

Acting like a second skin, seamless Merino wool apparel allows a combination of different patterns and knit stitches in different colours to exist on the one piece of fabric. By engineering a garment to have features such as compression and breathability points on a single surface, it encourages greater structure diversity and comfort along with enhanced protection.

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“Our aim was to develop an innovative performance wool seamless knit fabrication that wasn’t already on the market and which could provide a super soft second-skin hand feel.”
NAGNATA co-founder Laura May
NAGNATA co-founder Laura May

Textile Innovation

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.

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Textile Innovation

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.

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“We needed to find something that was easy to care for but sophisticated at the same time.”
Max Mara Fashion Director Laura Lusuardi
Max Mara Fashion Director Laura Lusuardi

Textile Innovation

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.

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SHOP INNOVATIONS

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.

APL co-founder Adam Goldston

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15 Mar 2019
Activewear

Lighter than air

15 Mar 2019
With its foundations rooted in innovation, it’s no surprise that Black Diamond Equipment has come out with a new gem – the world’s lightest technical t-shirt.
01 Mar 2019
Activewear

Merino wool plays centre court with Alexander Zverev

01 Mar 2019
Rising tennis star Alexander Zverev is the face of a new Z Zegna campaign championing Australian Merino wool, showcasing the technical performance benefits of speciality fabric TECHMERINO Wash&Go.
01 Mar 2019
Textile Innovation

Premiere Vision SS2020

01 Mar 2019
High-tech fabrics and scientifically advanced fibre combinations were on-trend at Premiere Vision with wool featuring in the best offerings from trend-setting brands and manufacturers.
13 Feb 2019
Textile Innovation

Experimentation and colours at Milano Unica SS20

13 Feb 2019
Colour broke out in the sophisticated aisles of Milano Unica where the most luxury Merino wool fabrics are examined by buyers far and wide.

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.

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Textile Innovation

3D Merino (Knitwear)

3D Merino is an extra dimension for Merino wool knitwear caused by milling or felting being limited to specific areas creating a subtle pattern.
Textile Innovation

3D Merino (Knitwear)

3D Merino is an extra dimension for Merino wool knitwear caused by milling or felting being limited to specific areas creating a subtle pattern.
Textile Innovation

Cool Wool

Cool Wool garments are manufactured from lightweight Merino wool fabrics with a maximum weight of 190 g/m2 and a maximum micron of 22.5.
Textile Innovation

Machine Washable Wool

Machine washable Merino wool clothing is suitable for cleaning in a domestic washing machine then hanging on a line to dry.