Organic wool blankets are highly desirable and scarce handmade products that are certified by the Soil Association with respect to the farms and the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) for the mill where the blanket was woven.
Organic standards look at all aspects of organic food manufacturing and production, storage and sales. In the context of organic wool, these standards consider everything from animal welfare and the banning of any unnecessary and harmful food additives for sheep and other animals.
Organic wool is a natural, renewable, biodegradable and durable fibre that comes from farms that put the sheep and the environment first. Some wool is certified 'organic' and this means that many widely used chemicals cannot be utilised to assist the sheep or the wool processor. These chemical classes include commonly used veterinary medicines such as preventative treatments against lice and flies and internal parasites.
Organic sheep are reared, fed, sheltered and transported with consideration for their wellbeing. Some of the more debatable practices used on modern farms are prohibited and all cruel practices are banned and animal stress is minimised. Organic farmers take a preventative approach to disease, so animals are not routinely treated with antibiotics, wormers or pesticides. Organic animals 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. 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 at FelinFach are traditionally woven in a fully organic certified mill on age old looms using methods and processes of yesteryear. Organic wool blankets are highly desirable handmade products of great scarcity.
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Wales is famous for its Welsh wool industry and its blankets and throws and in particular, the iconic Welsh tapestry blankets from its early history to modern times. They are showcased in the National Wool Museum of Wales in the Teifi Valley. The museum is a National Heritage Site.
All of our Welsh blankets and throws are traditionally woven in limited numbers by men and women with personal care and attention - they are not mass-produced. They are woven in a handful of local mills using age old looms with traditional skills and processes of yesteryear.