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Flock to Baggy Green

The Flock to Baggy Green was a unique project that combined the Australian wool industry through The Woolmark Company, Cricket Australia and Kookaburra to create special baggy green cloth made from wool donated from right across Australia.

Australian woolgrowers were invited to donate some of their wool to help create the next batch of Baggy Green caps as part of The Flock to Baggy Green project.

In total, just more than 400 woolgrowers have donated wool to the project and the total volume has come to about 500 kilograms. That is enough wool to cap the next 100 years of Australian Test cricketers in donated Australian wool.

The History of Cricket & The Wool Industry

Cricket clubs have long formed a vital part of the fabric of rural communities, with sheep stations many years ago having their own cricket teams and many cricketing heroes past and present having had connections to the wool industry.

Cricket is Australia’s number one participation sport, with an increasing number of Australians enjoying the various forms of the game from backyards to the mighty MCG. The Australian wool industry and cricket have a long association.

The Baggy Green is a proud symbol of Australian cricket, and it is wonderful to have a project that gives woolgrowers from across the country the opportunity to donate some of their wool and be able to trace it to the caps that will be worn by Australian cricketers for years to come.

- James Sutherland, Cricket Australia CEO

The Australian Cricket Coat of Arms, created before Australia officially existed, features a sheep, which shows the wool industry’s prominence in the Australian community when the team first formed.

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The Australian Cricket team first wore their woollen Baggy Greens when it sailed for England in 1899. Not surprisingly it was our most significant industry with 25 sheep for every man, woman and child in the colonies. It was fitting the team was captained by Joe Darling; a tough middle order batsman, and South Australian woolgrower.

Wool Donors

Cricket-loving woolgrowers from the outback to the coast, from large pastoral holdings to small family businesses have all answered the call to help grow the Baggy Green.

"We know that the members of Australia’s Cricket team are proud of their baggy green caps but now we hope that when they wear the cap they feel the support of the woolgrowers of Australia."

- Robert & Heather Worner, RC Worner & Co., Wombat NSW

All have donated some of the natural fibre they grow with passion to help make our most sacred sporting icon.

 

Journey of The Baggy Green

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SHEEP
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SCOURING
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TOP MAKING
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SPINNING
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WEAVING
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FINISHING
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DYEING
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MAKING

The Journey Continues...

The cloth will now be handed over to Kookaburra Sport for the making of the Baggy Green.

Kookaburra Sport was established in 1890 and is a 100% Australian family owned and operated global business. Kookaburra is the official uniform manufacturer for Cricket Australia and is charged with making each and every Baggy Green. To do so, individual panels are cut from flat fabrics and are sewn together to form the Baggy Green. This process takes place in Perth.

 

In partnership with:

 

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