L: Microscopic image of a wool fibre, courtesy AgResearch New Zealand R: Blue sheep Kaitangata, Robin Morrison. Courtesy Dinah Morrison and Auckland Museum.
L: August photographed by Stephen Tilley, Styling: Karen Inderbitzen-Waller, Hair: Stephen Marr R: Vita Cochran’s wool needlepoint 'A Myriad Ways’ 2017
“Kingdoms have been founded on it, fortunes made and lost because of it. Wool is the original cloth created and traded by man. Of all the textiles wool is the most versatile, the most commercial and the longest storyteller of people and their nations.” Cloth, Cassandra Ellis.
Poster for Kaiapoi Wools Ltd, courtesy Kaiapoi Museum
L: Manatunga blanket, Roslyn Woollen Mills, Dunedin, New Zealand. R: Unidentified young maori woman, William Harding. Courtesy of Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.