Dr Errol Wood (AgResearch)
The strand of fibres has to come from a fairly thick strand down to a very fine one, so there are steps that enable that to happen. We call them drafting. The drafting process enables the fibres to slip apart and become finer. Here is wool prior to making a yarn – it’s called a roving. Roving is the raw material for spinning, it’s a very uniform strand of fibres – even, straight fibres ready for spinning.