Wool Industry in Portugal
The story of wool began long ago, before recorded history when primitive man first clothed himself in the woolly skins, of the wild sheep he killed for food. He had discovered a durable fabric which gave him what nothing else could give: protection alike from heat and cold, from wind and rain. A versatile fabric which kept him cool in the heat of the day and warm in the cold of the night, which could absorb moisture without feeling wet.
Man can never match it. No other material, natural or man-made, has all its qualities. But man can refine, improve wool and develop skills for that. He has done so by selective breeding of sheep and by incorporating in wool fabrics such qualities as shrink resistance, durable creasing and pleating, shower-proofing and stain-proofing.
Science and technology have kept wool in the forefront of fabrics, adapting to modern needs without impairing its virtues. Wool is part of Portuguese history and heritage, more so than any other commodity ever produced. Wool Industry in Portugal is mainly localized in Covilhã, Manteigas, Seia, Gouveia, Castanheira de Pêra, Avelar, Minde and Mira de Aire. Wool Industry in Portugal is known by its know-How, modern technology and competitive companies.
The strong relation between ANIL and Beira Interior University Textile R&D Department is for the present and future of the Portuguese Textile Industry.
ESTEBI, CITEVE and MODATEX are qualified organizations, recognized by its high standard in qualifying workers for the Textile Industry and promoting its development.
Portuguese Textile companies are known internationally by their quality, design and service.