This longline tunic is a wonderfully versatile piece that can be worn in many different ways, with the front sections hanging down, or thrown over your shoulders. Fold in half lengthwise and it can be worn as a warm and cosy scarf. It pairs equally well with jeans and boots, as with smart workwear. And when the weather is too warm, lay it flat across your bed or lounge, for an inviting and elegant touch to your home decor.
A sleeveless and open tunic or cape, this piece is medium length. It is woven with a mix of alpaca and wool with the wool as the warp (threads that are tensioned on the loom and go the length of the weave) and the weft (the threads we weave in and out of the warp) hand dyed alpaca, a natural grey alpaca and a fine wool plied together.
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.