February 25, 2019 2 min read
Organic wool blankets and scarves are premium, highly desirable, scarce and traditionally woven handmade products. It is usual although not required for organic certification that the yarn comes from rare-breed sheep wool. FelinFach aims to have a selection of organic wool products although due to the scarcity, it is not always possible.
Currently we have organic blankets and some throws as well as stoles and scarves, both rare-breed sheep wool. There are two colour choices. A Welsh Mountain 'Black' with a blue one strand stripe. The other is a blend of Welsh Mountain (which is a very dark brown wool) and Shetland 'white' creating a lovely herringbone pattern which also has a blue one strand stripe running through. Both have a long fringe.
All FelinFach organic wool products are made from 100% organic yarns that are Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified. This means the entire production process from wool growth and spinning to finished production live up to the standards prescribed by GOTS. For and organic wool product such as a blanket or scarf to quality as organic certified, both the farm which raises the sheep and the weaving mill need to be certified.
For and organic wool product such as a blanket or scarf to quality as organic certified, both the farm which raises the sheep and the weaving mill need to be certified.
The Soil Association are the leading organic certification organisation offering organic and sustainable certification schemes for the farming industry. For our wool blankets to be organic certified, the farm where the sheep are looked after needs to be certified by the Soil Association.
Organic farming systems have the highest animal welfare standards and choosing organic means you are supporting farming practices. Wool is a natural, renewable and biodegradable fibre and organic wool comes from farms that put the sheep and the environment first.
Organic wool yarn is wool that is from sheep that have not been exposed to chemicals like pesticides and are kept in humane and good farm conditions. Organic sheep are reared, fed, sheltered and transported with consideration for their well-being. Organic sheep and lambs are reared on organic feed and grazed on organic land and are free to pursue their natural behaviour with plenty of space outside and a free-range life.
When the wool reaches the textile mill for weaving, the GOTS ensures that the chemicals used in processing textiles meet strict requirements on toxicity and biodegradability. The GOTS standards allows for eco-friendly, non-toxic processing agents to be used in the manufacturing of yarns and fabrics which is quite different from the chlorine intense wishing and cleaning processes and heavy metal dyeing common in conventional wool processing. Not only that but the standard looks at social aspects as well; ensuring all workers are paid and treated fairly. Final products are restricted in the amount of allergenic, carcinogenic or toxic chemical residues. These residues can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin and may cause allergies, skin rashes or respiratory problems.
The organic wool blankets and scarves at FelinFach are traditionally woven in a fully organic certified mill on age old looms using methods and processes of yesteryear.
September 10, 2021 13 min read
Owain Glyndŵr Day, 16th September, commemorates the last native Welshman to hold the title Prince of Wales. Today, he is a figure of mass culture in Wales, with statues, flags and monuments alongside pubs and street names remembering him. He is possibly one of the greatest Welshmen of all time if not the greatest. His name is still remembered and revered today.
September 05, 2021 8 min read
Be part of the worldwide celebrations for Roald Dahl's Day on Monday 13th September 2021. Dahl’s story began in 1916 in when he was born at Villa Marie, Fairwater Road, Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales, a house name was named after the first wife. In 1918 his father, Harald, purchased a much grander property, Ty Mynydd (Mountain House in Welsh), a large farm of 150 acres in Radyr, near Cardiff.
August 31, 2021 3 min read
Welsh rabbit (original spelling) or Welsh rarebit is a traditional but famous Welsh dish. Basically, it’s combination of hot melted cheese on toast which is a winning combination on any day. The first and most important thing to understand is that rarebit is not a word that is used in any other context. It only exists next to the word Welsh when referring to the dish Welsh rarebit