Textile Exchange Conference & Prato visit

After the Textile Exchange conference for 2 days in Milan, I took part in the tour to Prato to visit both the Textile museum and Comistra Wool recycling. Wool has been recycled in Prato for 200 years, and the technology is still basic mechanical equipment that works very well. Huge amounts of garments from global collections are sorted into wool and others, then the wool pieces are fragmented into different colour groups that go together into the shredding and washing machines. In the end fine and even coloured wool tops come out that match exactly the colour specified. As most wool blends garments come in from collections, the new yarn will also be a blend with synthetics. Next step is yarn spinning in the next door facility and then new fashion! Several global brands buy recycled yarn and fabrics from Prato. Great industry!

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