- The fleece of the sheep along with a thin layer of skin is removed from its body .
- This process is known as Shearing .
- This process is usually done in the hot weather , as it enables the sheep to survive without their protective coat of hair.
The sheared skin with hair is thoroughly washed in tanks to remove grease, dust and dirt . This is called scouring. Nowadays scouring is done by machines .
The process of separating the fleece of sheep into sections according to quality of woollen fibres such as fine, coarse , long, short is known as Sorting
The natural fleece or hair of sheep is white, brown or black in colour.
The white woollen fibres obtained by sorting can be dyed in different colours.
It is the method to prepare woollen fibres for spinning the wool.
It is done by using combs having metal teeth .
It straightens the woollen fibres and removes the small fluffy fibres (called Burrs ).
The long woollen fibres are spun or twisted into wool for sweaters.
Short fibres are spun and woven into woollen clothes(like shawls).