Wool in Human Health and Well-Being

  • Raechel LaingEmail author
  • Paul Swan
Conference paper
Part of the RILEM Bookseries book series (RILEM, volume 12)


This paper reviews published and unpublished literature on the role of wool in human health and well-being. Human-based investigations, or those involving human simulations (manikins) were the focus. The principal parameters in the review were skin health, physical contact between textiles/garments and human skin (tactile acceptability—prickle, friction, allergies), thermal and moisture properties, human body odour, and sleep (bed clothes/sleepwear, bedding).


Wool fibre Skin health Perceptual characteristics 



This paper is based on a review prepared for and funded by the International Wool Textile Organisation, Belgium, and Australian Wool Innovation, Sydney, Australia. Contributions to sections of that review are acknowledged and included: Mr. David Crowe, AWTA, Melbourne, Australia; Mr. Mauro Rossetti, General manager, Associazione Tessile e Salute, Biella, Italy; Mr. Pier Giorgio Minazio, European technical service manager, Woolmark Italy, Biella, Italy.


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  1. 1.University of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand
  2. 2.Australian Wool InnovationSydneyAustralia

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