About 50% of New Zealand wool is classed as strong crossbred (35.4 micron and stronger), which is ideal for making carpet. New Zealand wool is white, so it can be dyed a multitude of colours – illustrated by the coloured sheep in this advertisement. Wool from poorly bred sheep or harsh conditions is often yellow rather than white, and can only be dyed dark colours.
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Reference: Bill Carter and John MacGibbon. Wool: a history of New Zealand’s wool industry. Wellington: Ngaio Press, 2003.
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