Raw Fibre & Speciality Processing
Early stage processing of wool includes sorting, blending, dusting, and washing (scouring).
The object of scouring is to extract grease, dirt and other foreign matter and the wool can lose up to 30% of its original weight during this process. A bi-product of scoured wool is 'lanolin' which is used in the manufacture of fine soaps and cosmetics.
If required, treatment of wool fibres for machine washable wool, anti - microbial and anti - fungal applications, moth proofing and bleaching can also be carried out following scouring.
Wool is processed using the most efficient and effective technology with great emphasis placed on environmental protection.
After scouring, the clean tangled wool is then carded to tease out the fibre and spun into woollen yarn. Wool for worsted yarn is also combed before spinning, drawing out the longer fibres to lie parallel with one another.