Wool in the 21st century

A new report examining the use of wool in the 21st century as a key textile
fibre has now been released by industry intelligence source ReportBuyer.

The production of wool textiles plays an integral part in history even
before fashion became a business some centuries ago. Surprisingly, wool
makes up a relatively low percentage of the global fibre market. The
majority of global wool production goes into clothing and accessories.

The price of wool, of course, is much higher than cotton or man-made
fibres, and is often regarded as a luxury yarn, confined to niche markets.
Technical fabrics and synthetics are fast becoming leaders in the fabric
world, however they do not have the sustainability, performance or even
aesthetics that wool does.

The report aims to show the rather forgotten, yet unique textile fibre and
examines its place in the textile value chain. It addresses its decline in
popularity, the reasons for its current comeback, and assesses future
prospects for the wool industry.

The report aims to demystify the tangled international supply chain for
sheep’s wool and specialised wool products such as cashmere, alpaca, and
mohair, from the growers to the processors, spinners, and textile
manufacturers in various regions of the globe.

It identifies new developments in breeding, processing, and spinning wool
fibre, that are resulting in improved product; and discusses the consumer
lifestyle changes, creative product development, and marketing efforts
driving the fibre’s future prospects.

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