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Wool Ecosystems

Deep territorial contextualisation and active actors mapping

The creation of this interactive map aims at fostering the understanding of local dynamics and challenges regarding the wool value chain and the stakeholders involved, from sheep farmers to wool markets. The research develops by mapping the local existing ecosystems and its key actors and stakeholders to strengthen the networks and promote locally productive territories.

The map is organized into six categories:

  • Cultural centres (museums, training and learning centers..) Most of cultural heritage centres may host a shop, or organize learning activities
  • Raw material suppliers, Farmers Associations, Farms, Natural Dyeing producers
  • Manufacturers (mills, spinning, weaving, dyeing, textile-making..) Industrial and semiindustrial producers for manufacturing wool and wool equipment and machines.
  • Shops, haberdashery, distribution centres Commerce that sells local materials from knitting accessories and tools, to yarns and publication manuals. Special importance should be given to try and identify the providers of local products.
  • Designers-Studio-(craftman) makers Designers studios that work with wool from industrial to interior garments.
  • Wool waste centres, end-of-life stakeholders, Recycling centres This category includes places and initiatives that try to revalorize waste wool streams, shredding and sorting centers, producers that use second grade wool for other applications than clothing, such as agriculture or construction industry.

Wool ecosystem interactive map

If you wish to become a contributor and add pins in the wool ecosystem map, send us an email at labs (at) shemakes (dot) eu.

A little step by step of how to >

How to add a pin to the map> Step 1> type the place you would like to add in the search bar on the top and click search Step 2> click on CATEGORY you want to add your pin to activate it Step 3 > click on the pin that appeared on the map and click + ADD to map Step 4 > Edit the link by adding webpage, contact email and any description relevant

Wool context in various countries

Explore the build up knowledge, place by place through the links below:

To start mapping out your own community, check out the git template or go on our Miro board in the context part and fill out your purple bubble.

WOOL MONDAYS > Local Ecosystems

On May 2nd 2022 we organized an hybrid event, taking place both online and presentially in various labs to present the current state of the research and to share stories, challenges and learnings on the topic of Local Wool Ecosystems.



Last update: May 9, 2022