A fabric that prevents odour from building up is one of four new materials launched by research institute AgResearch.
The fabrics are made from wool and are being launched as part of New Zealand Fashion Week to attract commercial partners and manufacturers.
The team leader of AgResearch textile science, Stewart Collie, says scientists have developed a fabric that has anti-static, anti-bacterial and anti-odour properties.
Dr Collis says this means people will not have to wash the garment as often. The other fabrics have special technology that allows wool to be dyed in bright colours and in two colour reversible patterns.
The AgResearch fashion show is on Thursday in Auckland and will feature 10 designers who have created garments from the fabrics.