Textile, clothing and footwear

Textile, clothing and footwear

Local manufacturers have established niches in the Textile Clothing and Footwear (TCF) sector against a background of structural change. Waverley Woollen Mills in Launceston is Australia’s oldest surviving woollen mill, still proudly manufacturing a range of contemporary and traditional rugs and blankets. The mill produced Australia’s official gift to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for the birth of Princess Charlotte. The mill entered a strategic alliance with Sydney furniture designers Rina Bernabei and Kelly Freeman in 2016.

One of Tasmania's earliest and best-known TCF businesses, Blundstone Boots, is a household name dating back to the 1840s. It has capacity to produce 400,000 pairs of gumboots a year at its Hobart plant.

The Tasmanian Wool Centre at Ross has turned value-adding of the midland's excellent wool into a tourist business.

Smitten Merino pioneered the use of new Australian technology to produce lightweight, itch-free garments from superfine merino wool. Polar expeditioners and fashionistas were equally impressed and Smitten enjoys global interest.

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