August 13 2013 – thisisknit
This past weekend, we got very excited about a grey woollen coat. This article
in Irish Times Life and Style section tells of how Aisling Clancy, a graduate in textiles from NCAD, set out to make a glorious winter coat from home-grown Irish fibre, keeping the entire process as close to home as possible.
Starting with Wicklow Cheviot wool and alpaca from Kildare, the entire process happened in Ireland, with long-established mills and weavers contributing to the finished project culminating with Aisling's tailored and elegant design. You can watch a video of the entire project here
. It's a really inspiring insight into the entire supply chain, as well as being beautifully directed and shot.
The renaissance of heritage breeds of sheep has been such a success in recent years, with Shetland (now with EU protected status) and Blue-faced Leicester leading the way. What if Wicklow Cheviot was next?