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Creative innovations with wool

15 October 2015

Wool on the sheep's back.

Massey University School of Design textile students are working on a number of wool-focused projects to find new ways to add value to New Zealand wool. 

One of the largest collaborations is Wool Fresh, a multi-party research and development project involving an American entrepreneur, AgResearch, and three postgraduate students. They are developing a new textile material that absorbs moisture and is anti-microbial.

Hannah Hutchinson is working to identify how best to utilise wool waste generated through the manufacturing process of sheepskin tanning, while Hannah Webster's focus is the revitalisation of a weaving mill.

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Discussion starters

  • Technological products: Use this and other examples to illustrate how decisions about material selection take into account the composition of the material and the specifications of the product (level 5).
  • Characteristics of technology: Use this and other examples to explain why collaboration is important in technological developments that involve interdisciplinary work (level 6).

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Keywords: wool, textiles, characteristics of technology, technological products

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