A new wool dyeing process developed by crown research institute AgResearch is set to make its mark on the fashion world.
The institute and New Zealand company BGI Developments have signed an agreement to commercialise the process, which they say will revolutionise the production of multi-coloured merino wool fabrics.
The leader of the research team that developed the technique, textile scientist Stewart Collie, says it allows manufacturers to get two colours into the fabric in a single step.
This means patterns and graphics can be dyed into fabric rather than being printed on top, or being woven in using different coloured yarns.
Mr Collie says there's been a lot of interest from fashion designers in being able to manufacture patterned wool garments using the new dyeing technology.