Here is a stylish cowl handwoven by Fiona, combining pure alpaca & merino.
This scarf is worn as a single length with the twist at the base. The trick for cowls is to keep the twist at the front and keep it flat at the back. Then it is just a matter of tweaking it til it sits how you like. It is perfect for fresh summer evenings or to keep the autumn chill at bay and adds a touch of style to a simple t-shirt or dress.
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.
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.