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In occasion of the technical meeting held in Venice on 29-31 March, Unioncamere del Veneto has organised the visit for the consortium to Lanificio Paoletti in Follina, about one hour from Venice. Paolo Paoletti, the CEO of the family-run business, introduced us to the laboratory, which has a long production history. Founded in 1795 by Gaspare Paoletti in Follina, one of the biggest centres of the wool industry n the Republic of Venice, Lanificio Paoletti is today the only manufacturer of carded-wool yarns and textiles in the area which has resisted the passage of time. Today it is a dynamic and modern company focused on technological development, innovative processes and a continuous search for new design.

After a short introduction, we started the factory tour. Paolo showed us different steps of the textile production, starting from the wool treatment and colouring to the yarn creation and spinning. Along side the traditional production of poor-wool textiles, the Lanificio has specialised in the development of fine mixed textiles (Wool/Silk, Wool/Cashmere, etc).

The peculiarity of Lanificio Paoletti business is that they recently started to use 0 km material for their productions: the Alpago wool. Alpago is a mountainous area near Belluno, in Veneto, where there is a strong transhumance tradition and the wool of local sheeps was usually thrown because of its difficult manufacturing. Having the adequate machinery to treat this kind of wool, the Lanificio decided to start a cooperation with Alpago farmers to buy their wool and innovate its textile production in terms of quality and typology.

Also, from several years, Lanificio Paoletti has started the cooperation with local stakeholders such as design&fashion universities and schools, for the organisation of open events and projects aiming to spread the knowledge on wool and local traditions. An interesting example is the project “Via della Lana” (the wool road) which is at the 4th edition in 2016 (http://www.laviadellalana.it/). 

The attention to environmental issues, the use of 0 km raw materials and the cooperation with local producers and stakeholders make the Lanificio Paoletti really interesting for the TCBL network, respecting ethical principles of the project and thus representing a potential lab candidate.

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