A CSIRO research team, funded by Australian Wool Innovation Ltd, tackled this problem by investigating treatments for reducing the amount of water held after washing.
They produced a high performance ‘quick-dry’ finish for wool, to allow it to compete with the quick-dry performance of synthetics and cotton in active sportwear markets. The QuickDry Merino (QDM) technology is currently being taken up by European, Australian and American manufacturers and retailers.
QuickDry Merino is ideal for the hand wash and machine washable wool knitwear market. QuickDry garments hold only one-quarter as much water after washing, and they drip dry in one-quarter of the time taken by untreated wool garments.
Photographer : Bea Lipson
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Water droplets on QuickDry merino wollen fabric