Here is a light & stylish cowl handwoven by myself, Fiona on my Saori floor loom, combining suri alpaca, merino & silk in a loose, fine weave. Alpaca in its natural colour is woven through a fine wool warp, with strands of naturally dyed silk running through the length of the cowl.
This scarf sits comfortably around the neck, with the twist at the base, keeping the chill off your neck and dressing up a simple Tshirt, dress or tunic. It is perfect for fresh summer evenings or to keep the autumn chill at bay and adds a touch of style to any outfit.
At Ashculme Textiles we walk gently on this precious earth. I hand weave each piece at my studio in rural NSW, using the yarn from our small herd of Suri Alpaca. The process is mostly here on the farm – after shearing, we clean the fleeces before sending them to a local mill where small batches are washed, carded & spun. I use natural dyes working with rain water that flows directly from the tank and on into the garden after use. In my weaving the designs come as I weave, allowing my fingers to instinctively create as they work.
Alpaca fibre is resilient will keep its shape and softness for years.
Should you need to wash it, do so by hand only, squeezing out excess water by folding it in a towel and pressing down. Do not wring. Dry laid out flat. Not to be tumble dried. Iron with a cool iron, protecting it with a cotton or linen tea towel.