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Beyond the Bale : September 2018
OFF FARM 21 OFF FARM 21 Wool manufacturing in Australia is a far cry from its former glory. Yet one Tasmanian mill is bucking this trend, overcoming adversity to stand tall and produce luxurious Australian wool products from start to finish. WAVERLEY MILLS REMAINS A TRUE AUSTRALIAN ICON Tasmania’s Waverley Mills has been producing high-quality wool textiles since 1874. It made textile manufacturing a dominant industry in Tasmania, but today it is the last remaining woollen mill in Australia that’s still in full operation from raw wool to finished product. Creating a stunning range of homewares and accessories – all lovingly crafted from Australian Merino wool – in recent times the mill was commissioned by the Federal Government to create a blanket for Princess Charlotte and it has also produced blankets for Qantas. David Jones, Tait Furniture, Koskela, Space Furniture and many smaller retailers across Australia and New Zealand are just some of the places you can find beautiful products made by the Waverley Mills. Once a dominant industry that was built on the sheep’s back, wool manufacturing in Australia has gone through troubled times and to be the last remaining mill of its kind is a testament to the dedicated staff at Waverley Mills. A recent successful crowd- funding campaign to secure the future of the mill generated an overwhelming amount of public support from Australians and surprisingly from people overseas too. “We did the crowd-funding for a number of reasons,” explains Waverley Mills CEO Andrew Cuccurullo. “We wanted to understand who our core supporters for the mill were, if there was still interest in Australian manufacture and quality products. It was an avenue for us to explore what Waverley meant to Australia. “We raised nearly double our target. With those funds we were able to invest in wool which gave us a fantastic base for our production needs.” “Wool products can be made here, we can be innovative, and there is a market for high-quality Australian product.” Waverley Mills CEO Andrew Cuccurullo Sourcing local Tasmanian wool along with fibre from the mainland, Waverley Mills mainly works with 18 micron fleece to ensure all blankets and throws are exceptionally soft when next to skin. “We do also work with 22 and 27 micron when required for a selection of products.” A recycled range of products also sheds light on the eco-credentials of wool’s lengthy lifecycle. Incorporating off-cuts along with older blankets which have been shredded and re-spun, the recycled wool is then blended with Waverley’s softest wool yarns to create a series of products perfect for the most environmentally conscious consumers. Mr Cuccurullo says the mill’s rich history has seen it become a global leader in high-quality textile production and its pioneering spirit has ensured it remains a leader in innovative, sustainable production processes. “It’s important to remind Australia that the mill was a big part of Australian history and its products were used by the Australian army, Qantas and many other iconic Australian businesses,” he said. “Australia is able to manufacture high-quality products and we are very good at it. The fact that the mill is still going after 140 years is a testament that manufacturing quality provides longevity. The mill is very focused on innovation and pushing what can be done with wool and that’s really exciting.” MORE INFORMATION www.waverleymills.com Waverley Mills CEO Andrew Cuccurullo at the mill. PHOTO: Phillip Biggs Waverley Mills’ 100% Merino wool plaid throw in pink and green. Perfect for any adventure...
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