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Beyond the Bale : Aug 07 - Sep 07
16 MERINO 200 BEYOND THE BALE AWI has funded the preservation and cataloguing of historical wool collections from 1804 to the present, including photographic material dating from the 1800s. Five thousand samples of wool have been preserved. One thousand of them have been measured and photographed using modern equipment, to determine the characteristics and features of prominent Merino bloodlines across two centuries. Consultant to AWI Dr Paul Swan says that through a partnership with the Powerhouse Museum, AWI has helped preserve an important part of the heritage of the Australian Merino industry. "It was common practice for studs to send to the museum (established in 1879) samples from prize- winning rams and ewes," Dr Swan says. "The result is that many of the most influential sheep studs and stud breeders in the history of the Australian Merino industry are represented in the collection. Global celebrations for the wool nation 2003 The wool-processing industries in all Western countries were challenged by China, the emerging manufacturing giant. China was now the largest processor of Australian wool. 2006 The Wild Oats crew cruised into Hobart in first place, dressed in iconic Australian label Driza-Bone®'s 100 per cent Australian Merino wool jersey. 2007 We celebrate the 200th anniversary of the beginning of trade for the Australian wool industry. 2001 Wool moved into the active and leisurewear arena, with the launch of SportwoolTM in partnership with the world-renowned football club Manchester United. The 200th anniversary of the Australian wool trade is being marked with a series of special events around the world, as well as in Australia. To commemorate this momentous occasion in the UK, AWI presented a replica cloth of the coat Reverend Marsden wore when introduced to King George III in 1807 to the Australian High Commissioner, at a function on 19 June at Australia House in London. The UK launch was followed on 21 June by an announcement in Florence at the men's fashion trade fair Pitti Uomo of a new international designer protégé program. The Protégé Project will see top fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld, Donatella Versace, Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein, Paul Smith, and the editor of Vogue Italia, Franca Sozzani, mentoring five young protégés, who will each create a fashion collection made primarily from Australian Merino wool. "The Protégé Project is supported by the most prestigious names in global textiles," says AWI's regional manager for Italy, Fabrizio Servente. "We are delighted Merino heritage preserved 2001 Australian Wool Services Limited (AWS) was established. One subsidiary, The Woolmark Company, looked after the commercial development of the Woolmark and its sub-brands. The other, Australian Wool Innovation Limited, managed the proceeds from the wool levy and R&D and intellectual property. 1990 A review of the 1980s showed favourable seasons and high demand, and Australia's wool production increasing to more than 1000 million kilograms. that weavers such as Cerruti, Ermenegildo Zegna, Loro Piana, Reda, Vitale Barberis Canonico and spinners such as Chiavazza and Zegna Baruffa have come on board. The project highlights the strong relationship Australian Merino wool has with the Italian fashion and textile industries, who have always held Merino wool in the highest esteem." The five protégés will unveil their Australian Merino wool collections at a special event at Pitti Uomo at Palazzo Corsini, Florence, in January 2008. AWI's collaboration with the world's most respected bespoke tailors and their representative organisation, Savile Row Bespoke, was launched at a unique event held in June at the British Ambassador's residence in Paris. The Savile Row event highlighted the influence quality bespoke tailoring in fashion and also recognised the important role Australian Merino wool has played within the history of bespoke tailoring, dating back as far as the early 1800s when the trade of wool was first established between Australia and the UK. ú are more than 100 millimetres in length, with no fibres greater than 30 microns -- in today's terms, qualities many growers would like to emulate in their clips. "The material will now be available for public or private viewing, and will be made available on the museum's database and website." Author Charles Massy is updating his book The Australian Merino, which chronicles the history of the Merino in Australia, as part of the commemoration of 200 years of Australian wool. He will now have access to information about samples and images of the sheep and wool across this period. "This is a very important step in the commemoration and celebration of the industry's great achievement," Mr Massy says. "Eight samples of wool from Marsden's original flock, including sheep from whom the original bale would have been prepared, are included in the collection. These staples were sent to King George III in 1804 as evidence of the colony's potential, and immediately preceded the sending of the first bale." ú Telling a wonderful story: one of the early samples. AWI CEO Craig Welsh (left) with Australian High Commissioner to the UK Richard Alston at Australia House, London. "We have found Merino fleece samples from the 1890s which have an average diameter of 17 microns, TIMELINE PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS 1807: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales 1830: Tyrrell Photographic Collection, Powerhouse Museum 1860: Government Printing Office collection, State Library of NSW 1872: Tyrrell Photographic Collection, Powerhouse Museum 1920: Tyrrell Photographic Collection, Powerhouse Museum 1930: Tyrrell Photographic Collection, Powerhouse Museum 1966: Reserve Bank of Australia 1988: The Woolmark Company 2006: Driza-Bone®
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