Wales is famous for its Welsh wool industry and its Welsh blankets and throws from its early history to modern times and is showcased in the National Wool Museum of Wales, in Drefach Felindre, Carmarthenshire, West Wales. The Museum is located in the Teifi Valley in the former Cambrian Mills and the museum and the town of Drefach Felindre is a National Heritage Site. It has recently undergone a major £2million refit and was re-opened to the public in 2004. It is part of the National Museum for Wales.
Welsh wool and the Welsh woollen manufacturing industry was historically one of the most important industries in Wales. From ‘o Fôn i Fynwy’, literally from Anglesey to Monmouth or from North to South Wales, the Welsh wool industry spread to all parts of Wales. However it was in the Teifi valley and surrounding areas that the wool industry was at its most prolific during the latter parts of the 19th and 20th century.
For a few hundred years, the Teifi valley was the centre of a thriving woollen industry with dozens of woollen mills in the area and maybe over twenty in neighbouring Pembrokeshire. Today, only a few of these mills are still producing woven Welsh wool blankets and throws using age old looms together with traditional skills and methods of yesteryear.
At FelinFach, we aim to source our Welsh fabrics from these remaining mills not only because they are local but also to support the Welsh woollen industry. We can design our own Welsh blankets and throws and they are woven for us on traditional looms. We also source wool fabrics from these mills and use the wool to make handmade cushions, quilts and throws.
Today traditionally woven Welsh wool blankets and throws are very popular not only in the UK but also across the world and are supported by national and international campaigns such as the Campaign for Wool. Sustainability has become an important issue for consumers and wool is the natural source of sustainable materials. Each year, sheep produce a new fleece making wool a 100% renewable fibre source. Wool is a 100% natural fibre and has evolved to become one of the most effective natural forms of all-weather protection known to man.