A 100% wool fabric of classic heritage-inspired design, prioritising locally sourced materials and manufacturing processes from the South West of the UK.
Our wool comes from local Fernhill Farm in North Somerset, just 20 mins from Bristol's city centre. Fernhill Fleece employs a best practice guide to growing and harvesting British wool, maximizing wool production from commercial farmers close to Bristol and the South West who are committed to transparent holistic management standards. Growers are mapped to offer full traceability and new methods of extracting the best fibres at shearing (such as pre-lamb blade shearing and Autumn shearing of lambs) will be encouraged. Fernhill Fleece ensures that the raw fleece supplied for the Bristol Cloth has been quality graded, tested to international standards and washed biologically to retain natural fleece structures. http://www.fernhill-farm.co.uk/
Using plant-based dyes and natural mordants, Botanical Inks dyes the wool yarn, to create colour fast results, without the use of toxic synthetic chemicals or metals.
The Bristol Weaving Mill Ltd. is a new production sampling facility specialising in the production of high-quality woven fabrics based in the heart of St Philips, Bristol. Launched in 2015 by Franki Brewer and Juliet Bailey, owners and directors of internationally renowned Bristol based woven textile design studio Dash and Miller Ltd, the Bristol Weaving Mill will serve both local, UK and international clients within the fashion and interior industries. The Bristol Weaving Mill Ltd work alongside Dash and Miller Ltd to design, develop and produce the Bristol Cloth to the highest possible ethical production standards and the lowest possible carbon footprint. Designed on hand-operated weaving looms in the Dash and Miller Ltd studio in collaboration with the Bristol Textile Quarter and local community, the fabric is woven to order at The Bristol Weaving Mill Ltd.
The finished cloth will soon be available for purchasing. To register interest, get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org Keep a look out for updates on the Bristol Cloth website: http://www.bristolcloth.co.uk/ and facebook page.