Here is a warm and soft cowl handwoven by Fiona. It is woven with a mix of natural white merino and the un dyed grey of Prince, head of the Ashculme Textiles herd. Through the length of the scarf runs vibrant threads of pink silk. This scarf can be worn as a single length with the twist at the base, or twice around your neck for that extra comfort level. You can have the fringe showing on the outside, or inside out of sight. It is perfect for fresh summer evenings or to keep the autumn chill at bay.
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.