UKFT member Johnstons of Elgin is working with Highlands-based sustainable weaver Prickly Thistle Scotland Ltd

Clare from Prickly Thistle Scotland Ltd said, “This project could be the catalyst for a significant shift in Scotland’s approach to manufacturing homegrown clothing and fabrics, bringing our native fleece to a point where we can use more of it for a much wider range of products than ever before.”

Inspired by the advancements in softening treatments for human hair, a first-of-its-kind project is looking at ways to make typically thick, coarse Scottish sheep fleece more suitable for use in clothing and other textile products.

The research project is being supported by the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) and the University of Edinburgh.

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