With so much focus this London Fashion Week on sustainable fabrics in fashion, I thought I would share one Welsh Wool Weaving Mill in Wales who are producing beautiful timeless woven Welsh Wool fabrics for interiors as well as fashion – Melin Tregwynt.
Having spent lots of happy days in Wales as child exploring the magical Welsh landscape – the Welsh storytelling and rich tapestries have always interested me. There were once hundreds of Welsh wool weavers in Wales, where local sheep farmers would bring raw wool fleeces to be processed and woven into beautiful fabrics each one unique.
Sadly over the years the tradition has declined. However, Melin Tregwynt, a three generation family business are keeping the Welsh heritage of wool weaving alive through the production of their beautiful Welsh wool woven fabrics. They are now consciously sourcing local Welsh wool for their production, after the political constraints of sheep farming that meant wool was being shipped from New Zealand and Australian farms back to Britain for production. A rather crazy scenario when Wales, like other areas of Great Britain has the perfect terrain for sheep farming. Thankfully with the help of HRH (Prince Of Wales) The Cambrian Mountains Initiative (CMI) has created Cambrian Mountains Wool – an initiative to reconnect local Welsh sheep farmers, designers and wool manufacturers like Melin Tregwynt.
Melin Tregwynt’s ‘Tapestry’ Collection combines vibrant colours of traditional Welsh Tapestry patterns. Originally every Welsh weaver had their own pattern. Tapestry patterns that are timeless and tell a story are created by two layers of fabric that are woven one above the other, interchanging at points forming ‘pockets’, and enabling bold areas of pattern to be created. Historically, a strong 2-ply yarn was used to weave these fabrics and this, combined with the double cloth structure, produced a practical and hard-wearing fabric.
Upholstery and furnishing fabric swatches can be ordered through their website and they do special commission projects, having worked with Mulberry, Margaret Howell, Tate and Heals. They also have an online store where you can order cushions, throws, and blankets, lighting, tableware.
Few Reasons Why Wool Is The Perfect Fabric For Sustainable Interiors
*It naturally has a very tensile structure, so has a great longevity for interior fabrics.
*It is very eco-friendly – in production as it uses less energy and British sourced wool means there are no need for imported cottons reducing the carbon emissions & footprint in its production.
*100% natural and biodegradable.
*Wool is a healthy interior fabric for carpets and interior furnishings because it stores away pollutants in the air (VOCS) more so than any other fabric.
*Naturally It is fire resistant and fire retardant.
Image credits @melintregwynt.co.uk