Fact Sheets

The Wool HandleMeter is based on a traditional technique used for centuries whereby a woman would assess the quality of a fabric by passing it through her wedding ring – the easier the fabric passed through the softer the fabric would feel. This age old technique separates fabrics based on their extensibility, stiffness, surface roughness and friction.

The Wool ComfortMeter was developed for the Sheep CRC by CSIRO and essentially counts the number of fibres protruding from a fabric that can cause discomfort. As the number of these fibres increases, so too does the level of discomfort.