The Big Marino
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December 26th, 2008 – by: Adrian_Liston
Today though, was just about the Big Marino, built in 1985 at 15 metres tall. Within the Big Marino is the Merino wool museum, which really wants visitors to discover the facts about merino wool.
- The Australian Merino wool clip is one of Australia's major agricultural projects
- Australia can be considered the finest wool producer in the world, producing approximately 94% finer wool than its nearest competitor within the 19 and 20 micron range.
- The diameter of a wool fibre is measured in microns (one millionth of a metre), which directly contributes to the subsequent garment attributes such as softness, drape and hangle.
- The biggest consumer markets for Australian wool are China, USA, Japan, Italy, Germany, France and UK. In the western world, consumers spend around US$78 billion each year on wool apparel.
- Australian Merino wool is primarily utilised in the production of knitwear (27% of the clip) and mens and womens wovens (60%).
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