New Zealand's specialist outerwear manufacturer Norsewear has been one of the first clothing companies to make use of a new range of nonwoven fabrics created in 100 per cent wool and originally developed with the backing of the research arm of Canesis.

The fabric is a lightweight velour with windproof properties, the result of laminating a semi permeable polyester membrane to the nonwoven layer. 

Norsewear will be using the material as a lining for jackets and thermal vests - a role previously played by polyester fleeces.

When sold into the workwear market Norsewear says the low flammability threshold of the new fabric will be a further advantage.

By Sonia Roberts.