The wool used in this collection is sourced from British wool producers based in the North of England, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District, my homeland.
Z. Hinchcliffe has been producing wool since 1766, and you can watch their process video below:
The throws are made from their lambswool which is 100% Super Geelong lambswool. The wool is sourced from sheep farmers in Australia and brought over to be processed at their processing unit on the edge of the Peak District. The raw wool is dyed in-house, using up to a hundred colors to get the correct shade. They make sure that they are not polluting the water with their dying, using water from their own dam and afterwards the effluent water is treated to make sure it has the correct PH level when it is released. After the wool is dyed, it is carded, spun, twisted and finally wound onto cones.
WHY WOOL OVER CASHMERE
While working for a knitwear supplier in the UK, one of our largest clients rejected a large order of cashmere sweaters due to the softness of the fabric. Digging deeper, I learnt that the growing demand for cashmere has put pressure on suppliers to increase their herds, leading to overgrazing and reduced quality yarns as a result.
During my Master in Fine Arts I made a concerted effort to work with wool, requesting yarn donations from the two British mills that I now work with, Z. Hinchcliffe and Knoll Yarns. During that time I started to understand all the qualities that wool possessed, which led me down the path of wanting to solely work with wool for my textiles. As I did more research into wool I realized it held many more suitable qualities for interiors, from the yarn acting as an insulator, as well as at the same time being breathable. It is also suited for many seasons as it is multi-climatic and most importantly for an item that will come into contact with human and pets, it is odor resistant.