Advanced research into wool science and technology is leading to a better understanding of the properties of wool. Wool is increasingly being seen as a high performance fibre, with new modifications and applications. Advances in wool technology presents a comprehensive account of these developments and innovations.

Part one includes advances that have occurred in the production and processing of wool. Topics range from the progress in wool spinning, weaving and colouration, to environmental supply chain management and to the role of genetic engineering in improved wool production. Part two reviews new wool products and applications. Chapters include the production of brighter and whiter wool, high performance wool blends and wool for apparel.

With its two distinguished editors and array of international contributors, this book is a valuable reference for producers, manufacturers, retailers and all those wishing to improve and understand developments in wool technology. It will also be suitable for researchers in industry or academia.

Key Features

  • Presents a comprehensive account of recent developments and innovation surrounding the high performance fibre
  • Examines advances in wool production and processing from wool spinning to genetic engineering in improved production
  • Considers environmental supply chain management


Producers, manufacturers, retailers and all those wishing to improve and understand developments in wool technology; Researchers in industry or academia

Table of Contents

Part 1 Advances in wool fibre and fabric production: Improvement of wool quality through genetic engineering; The objective measurement of wool fibre quality; Wool as a natural renewable fibre; Advances in wool spinning technology; Advances in wool weaving and knitting; Advances in the manufacture of nonwoven wool; Wool finishing and the development of novel finishes; The coloration of wool. Part 2 New wool products and applications: Improving the whiteness and photostability of wool; Enhancing wool products using nanotechnology; Wool performance apparel for sport; High-performance wool blends; Intelligent wool apparel; Application of wool keratins ranging from industrial materials to medical devices.


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