Dom Post/Stuff: Kiwi textile scientists break new ground

Carolyn Enting writes for the Dominion Post about a new, reversible, two-colour wool fabric to be presented at this week’s New Zealand Fashion Week.

Developed by AgResearch, the wool’s colours are produced in a single dyeing, and the CRI is looking for business partners to help it commercialise this, and other high-tech textiles.

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“The designers really love the fabrics we have developed for them but we can only ever make small quantities for them,” AgResearch senior textile scientist Stewart Collie said.

“We need people to come on board and help us make larger quantities and help us get them commercialised, so we’re looking for people to partner with to take these fabric technologies to market.”

The single dyeing process used to produce the fabric is applicable to a wide range of fabrics, fabric weights and gauges. Aside from the environmental and cost benefits, the dying process also creates a special appearance effect.

Other innovations include a fabric with an antibacterial finish that also has an anti-odour effect. “It’s a special finish.