Raw wool from traditional sheep breeds is not high in demand in global trade. Due to rising consumer expectations regarding the softness of a material, coarse wool from German sheep breeds is not able to keep up with the global competition. Therefore, many of the local breeds face extinction.

The aim of my project ‘The potential of local raw wool’ is to showcase the value of the local raw wool and to reveal its qualities to inspire designers, consumers and businesses to use and perceive the material.

With the wet- and needle felting technique I shaped the raw wool into three dimensional objects, reflecting the origin and value of the material.
The form of wool clothing refers thereby to the sustainable wool dress of the sheep.

Nominee for Textile Design Award 2018
Exhibited at “TALENT!” during New York Textile Month in the Mohawk Showroom, New York City, 17 - 21 September, 2018
Published in NYTM Magalog - Talking Textiles, Vol.3

raw wool from local sheep breeds:
Alpines Steinschaf, Gehörntes Gotlandschaf, Merinolandschaf, Ostpreußische Skudde, Ouessantschaf, Rhönschaf, Walliser Schwarznasenschaf, Weißköpfiges Fleischschaf.

Photo credits: Daphne Reuver

Progressing collection of raw wool fibers from various local sheep breeds.

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