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Fibre Intro: Wool

A natural fibre used since around 10,000 BC, wool’s thermal and long-lasting qualities made it a mainstay of European economies for centuries. Wool comes from sheep fleece that is shorn, cleaned and scoured to remove impurities. 

A series of metal teeth then untangle the fibres (‘carding’) and – depending on the yarn required – the fleece may be further straightened by combing. Cheaper Asian imports, synthetic fibres and a downturn in formalwear in the 1960s pushed wool into decline. 

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