Traceability

Yarn Traceability Poster

Lately the term traceability has been used frequently especially with the spread of single origin coffee and gourmet chocolate. The term is used with products in reference to the ability of knowing the whereabouts of items. In other words, the traceability of chocolate is the details about the chocolate’s history. The history would include information such as place or origin, time of harvest, and processes applied to it.

The details can be broad and sometimes it can be very detailed. As an example of a broad description one can read on any single origin description coffee the following:

Country: Colombia
Altitude: 1400-1450 masal
Harvest: 2017
Process: Natural
Roast Level: Light
Roast Date: 19-04-2018

As an example of a very detailed description would include the following:

Country: Colombia
Producer: Caferino Maca
Terroir: Popayàn
Elevation: 1940-2100mt
Fermentation: Anaerobic washed
Cultivar: Wush Wush
Picked in: June 2017
Landed in: January 2018
Lot size: 700kg
Arrived in: Vacuum Packs
Roast profile by: Rubens Gardelli
Roast Date: 19-04-2018

In addition to these details a whole story is mentioned that gives specific details of farm location, farm climate, farmer work, and history of the beans.

Due to a lack of transparency in the textile industry, a question arises of how traceability is applied, can be applied, should be applied?

Below is a hypothetical proposal of what a yarn tag that applies traceability as its objective should include.

Origin:
Sheep Name:
Mother’s Name:
Father’s Name:
Breed:
Colour:
Age:
Farm:
Shearer:
Shear Process:
Shear Date:
Part of body:
Wash Method:
Washed by:
Spinning Process:
Spinner:
Spinning Date:
Dying Lot:
Dying Date:

There might be more details that can be added but as a starting place at least half of these should be included. Yarn that has seen such care in production entitles itself to be labeled “luxury yarn”.

It is important to note that what is being discussed is not absurd, Australia already has such programs applied to cotton and wool.

Funfact: Origin Coffee attempted an extreme case of traceability where they included names of every single person that came across the coffee beans in the production process.

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