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Valorization of Tunisian Wool

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What do we want to improve? What is the situation that requires a change?

Improvement and valorization of Tunisian wool by creating a standard of tops The production of wool in Tunisia comes mainly from sheep farming. The average annual domestic wool production is 8505 tons. This wool is sold in Tunisian markets with very low prices ranging from only 0.4 to 0.8 thousandths / Kg. So far, there aren’t technical information to determine the characteristics of wool such as diameter, length, strength, color, fiber yield.


  • The project provides new solutions in terms of selection and classification of wool and relevance that go beyond the current practice in the sector where it adapts and implements solutions already developed.
  • Several studies report the effect of sheep age, race, sex ... on the characteristics of the fleece. Based on these encouraging results, there was a commitment to continue the project and the sector improvement activities, optimizing all phases of the wool supply chain.
  • The creation of a single storage center (conditioning to reserve the characteristic of the wool) in Tunisia is then necessary for the collection of all the wool before sending it to the sorting center. The woo obtained in tops, according to criteria to preserve its quality, has a profit of up to 18 -21 TND / Kg. The yarns tinted naturally according to criteria preserving its quality has a profit of up to 60 TND / Kg.
  • The project aims to raise awareness about the value of the fiber but especially the importance of precise management to maximize economic benefits. The road would be open for the export of Tunisian wool under different textile products that can range from selected raw wool to yarns for various uses, the production of a real line of wool products in Tunisia with obvious repercussions on the local economy.

T. Harizi, F. Abidi, R. Hamdaoui, Y. Ben Ameur. Variation in Fleece Characteristics of Tunisian Sheep . International Journal of Textile Science 2015, 4 (5): 97-101, DOI: 10.5923 / j.textile.20150405.01