During the period from December 2020 until March 2023 a cooperation project named `Estonian and Norwegian local sheep wool - research and study materials for textile students in higher education' took place.
The main goal of the project was to create a study material about the quality and properties of three local sheep breed's wool in Estonia and in Norway and to pilot a wool study program for textile students which helps to widen the usage of local wool as a good quality textile material. In Estonia, there is a lot of prejudice about the quality of local wool and most of it (85-90%) is destroyed as waste. There is no Estonian wool quality system and not enough research about properties and suitable usage areas of local wool that could support the wider usage of local raw material. In Norway, there is a very good wool quality system but there is not enough study material and programs for craft students.
The project helped to find the best performance for fabrics made from local wool, also to promote and develop local wool usage among crafters, artisans and consumers. Local wool factories can use the results of the project for better promotion of their products. Estonian wool is getting more conscious and scientific attention as a valuable craft production material.
The Wool Conference on November 17th-18th 2022 was a multiplier event for this project, including a presentation about the project activities and research results. The presentation was held on 17.11 at 16.00-18.00, the video recording can be viewed from UTTV (from 3:56:00 onwards).
EEA/Norway Cooperation Program in Higher Eduacation supported this project with 128 657 euros.
Cooperation partners: the leading partner of the project was UT Viljandi Culture Academy; the Estonian partners included TTK University of Applied Sciences and company Muru Minimill (Liinavabrik OÜ), the Norwegian partners were University of South-Eastern Norway and Selbu Spinneri AS.
`From Wool to Fabric` study material:
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