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American Woolen Co. Expands, Adds New Dye Lab

American Woolen Co. Expands, Adds New Dye Lab

American Woolen Co. Expands, Adds New Dye Lab
December 06
15:15 2018

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American Woolen Co., the last remaining fully vertical luxury wool mill in the U.S. that manufactures woolen and worsted fabrics, said it has enhanced its operations with the addition of an in-house dye lab at its Stafford Springs, Conn., headquarters. Veteran textile industry duo Muhammad Malik and Raana Jabeen, a husband-and-wife team from Lahore, Pakistan, have been tasked to “expand and modernize” the mill’s dye program.
Malik and Jabeen have worked together for more than 25 years. Their previous industry experience includes Maine Dye & Textiles in Saco, Maine and several posts at West Point production facilities throughout Southeast Asia. At American Woolen Co., the couple introduced a reactive dye process for “all-round fastness and a brighter and more vibrant palette,” the company said. In addition, they’ve improved controls on machinery, enabling the firm to create custom colors for clients, which include Blum & Fink and Best Made Co.

American Woolen dyes. Photo courtesy of American Woolen Co. 

Malik, the firm’s newly minted dye house manager, comanager and colorist, said, “I am an expert dyer and chemist of vertical dyeing and finishing mills, yarn dyeing and fabric (piece) dyeing,” adding, “As a team, we have the understanding, coordination and experience to be successful

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