using welsh wool
The tradition of weaving in Wales goes right back to the middle ages, our hills and lowland pastures make for great sheep country and fast running streams provided the power needed in the pre-industrial age
In the early 20th century most small rural mills worked with their local farming communities, processing the raw fleeces, carding and spinning yarn for weaving and knitting and also weaving fabric for everyday clothing (tweed/flannel) or weaving blankets, ruga and the signature Carthenni double weaves for household use.
Sadly the link to local farms was broken in the 1950s when the British Wool Marketing Board began to buy all the wool centrally, so it was no longer possible to buy specifically local or Welsh yarn. As wool was now sorted on quality most Welsh yarn found itself blended into woollen carpet yarns.
Today in a global market wool is sourced worldwide and much of the softer lambswool comes from Australia or New Zealand.
We're delighted that after several years of hard work, the Cambrian wool initiative has begun to reverse this trend.
As partners in this project we're involved in the first steps of a new venture that will see commercial production of fabrics that are designed and woven in Wales out of Welsh yarn.......so watch this space!!!!