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A Fine Yarn: Innovations in Australia's Wool Industry

A Fine Yarn: Innovations in Australia's Wool Industry examined the fine wool industry in Australia today, while recognising the importance of wool in Australia's social and economic history. The exhibition also examined the role of wool competitions and awards in encouraging innovation within the industry.

Photo: Georges Antoni, 2008. Copyright Australian Wool Innovation.
Photo: Georges Antoni, 2008. Copyright Australian Wool Innovation.

A Fine Yarn explored innovation in a variety of contexts — from wool farming techniques and practices, through to clothing manufacturing and product marketing. Featuring 40 objects including traditional and contemporary superfine wool garments, a prizewinning fleece, competition trophies, photographs and archival footage of the top wool fashions from the 1950s, 60s and 70s, A Fine Yarn provided a contemporary look at a classic Australian topic.

A Fine Yarn: Innovations in Australia's Wool Industry was developed and presented by the National Museum of Australia. It was on show at the National Museum of Australia from 22 July to 8 November 2009 in the Nation Focus Gallery.