Last Friday, a fascinating wool training workshop was held at the Textile Museum, organised by ACOAN and Atelier Laines d’Europe in close cooperation with the UPC, the Associació d’Enginyeria de l’Ennobliment Tèxtil (AEETT) and the Textile Museum. The participants included people from all over Catalonia, the rest of Spain and France, with professionals from the livestock sector, artisans and small manufacturers.
In the first part of the morning, Daniel Palet (AEETT) laid the groundwork of knowledge about wool as a raw material. He offered an up-to-date presentation on wool production in Spain and in the world, and then an extensive explanation of the qualities and technical properties of the fur from the species Ovis aries. He then further explored improvements in the wool processing and transformation processes in order to optimise the material (from the flock to the end product). Finally, he exhaustively listed the utilities of this outstanding material for the textile industry.
The second part featured Marie Thérèse Chaupin from Atelier Laines d’Europe, a professional with an extensive career and an expert consultant in the wool industry in France. She outlined a wide range of proposals and ways of working that showcase this natural material. Her tips were aimed at making wool a profitable business for both individuals and associations which work by joining the forces of livestock farmers, spinners and wool product manufacturers (artisans and/or small producers).
In the afternoon, Enric Carrera, director of the Institute of Textile Research and Industrial cooperation of Terrassa, better known as Intexter (UPC), spoke at length about the negative impacts on the planet caused by the current production model and the urgent need to progress towards a sustainable industry.
This gathering was truly fruitful for all the participants, who left with expert training, practical proposals to apply in their businesses and contacts with a wide range of professionals who share a passion for wool.