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Beyond the Bale : June 2018
Daniel Hirozawa with woolgrower Rod Edwards during his visit to ‘Bohara’ in May. The garment that Daniel is wearing is one of his winning wool designs. AWI has once again partnered with the prestigious Bunka Fashion Graduate University (BFGU) in Japan to foster the wool education of emerging fashion designers in this important market for Australian wool. Students at BFGU were treated to a Wool Appreciation Course by AWI and collateral highlighting AWI activities and the versatility of wool was promoted around campus throughout the year. During the BFGU Fashion Week earlier this year, AWI also sponsored the Next Generation Award, with students encouraged to incorporate Australian Merino wool into their graduation collections. The winning student, Daniel Hirozawa, was awarded a trip to Australia last month, where he met with key AWI staff to further broaden his knowledge of wool, and visited ‘Bohara’, the property of Rod Edwards and Jenny Bell at Breadalbane near Goulburn in NSW to discover the source of the fibre. “Going to Australia to visit AWI’s headquarters, I expected to learn a lot about wool, its technologies and innovations – which I did – but what impressed me the most was how In collaboration with AWI, Japanese student designers from a leading fashion university in Japan created graduate collections using Merino wool, with one lucky student given the opportunity to visit a wool-growing property in Australia. JAPANESE STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT WOOL passionate every person I met was about the woolgrowers and the sheep,” Daniel said. “Visiting the farm, seeing the animals and talking to the woolgrowers made me realise how much effort and how many people are involved before my work as a designer even begins. Going forward, I want to make sure my work is both environmentally correct and supportive of the community behind the materials I use. I believe that to continue working with wool will help me achieve that goal.” More information www.instagram.com/danielhirozawa More than 700 tertiary fashion students from 15 campuses across India have learned about the benefits of Australian Merino wool, by taking part in the second edition of AWI’s Wool Runway initiative. India’s three main fashion universities – National Institute of Fashion Technology, Pearl Academy and the National Institute of Design – joined the AWI program, with students attending AWI’s Wool Appreciation Course, experiencing The Wool Lab sourcing AWI’s Wool Runway project is educating and inspiring the next generation of fashion designers in India about the natural benefits of Australian Merino wool. INDIAN FASHION STUDENTS SHOW WOOL ON THE RUNWAY guide and learning about the eco-credentials and natural benefits of the fibre. A jury panel from each campus selected a finalist in the Wool Runway competition based on their design sketches. Finalists then had two months to create their wool look, which was presented during a fashion show in front of a judging panel of industry experts. “The designs were a breath of fresh air and it was amazing to see the efforts the students have put in to showcase Merino Models wearing the finalists’ wool creations (back row) and designers (front row). The winning design of Ravi Manil Prakash. wool at its finest,” said AWI Country Manager India, Arti Gudal. The program also connects the next generation of designers in India with leaders from the fashion and textile industries. “Wool Runway has given me a chance to share my learning and experience in working with the intricacies of Merino wool,” said Rahul Mishra, who won the 2013/14 International Woolmark Prize and was one of the judges of Wool Runway. OFF FARM 35
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