May 18, 2020 3 min read
The Wales map, shown in red on the image above, locates the country on the western edge of the United Kingdom (UK). The country is part of the UK of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It is part of the continent of Europe. It is bordered by England to the east and the sea to the North, South and West – the Irish Sea to the North and West and the Bristol Channel to the South.
Wales had a population of 3,063,456 at the time of the last Census in the UK which represented some 5% of the UK total population of 63,182,000. It has a land mass total area of 20,779 km2 (8,023 square miles) and it also has a notable and spectacular coastline of some 2,700 km (1,680 miles). It is a mountainous country with its higher peaks in the north and central areas, including Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), Wales' highest mountain.
Wales' capital is Cardiff which is on the south coast of Wales. It has a population of some 346,100. It is the UK's eleventh-largest city and is Wales' chief commercial and political centre. The Senedd (Wales' Parliament) and most national cultural institutions and Welsh media are based in Cardiff
Devolution has brought a major change to the political map of Wales. In 1979, a referendum in Wales voted against the creation of a Welsh assembly with an 80 per cent majority. Almost 20 years later in 1997, a second referendum voted in favour of devolution by a small majority, but a majority nevertheless. The referendum established a National Assembly for Wales in 1999 with the power to determine how Wales' central government budget is spent and administered, although the UK Parliament reserved the right to set limits on its powers.The governments of the United Kingdom and of Wales almost invariably define Wales as a country. The Welsh Government says: "Wales is not a Principality. Although we are joined with England by land, and we are part of Great Britain, Wales is a country in its own right."
In May 2020, the National Assembly for Wales changed its name to the Senedd (Parliament) .
There are two official languages in Wales, namely Welsh and English. English is the primary official language, able to be used in all situations whereas Welsh only has official status in limited but significant situations as defined by legislation. In teh Senedd, both languages have equal status. English is spoken by almost the entire population of Wales whereas around a quarter can speak Welsh, to varying levels of fluency. The Senedd has ambitious plans to increase the number of Welsh speakers to 1 million by 2050.
Rugby Union is the national sport in Wales and is recognised as 'being more than just a sport' by the Welsh nation and their people. This is reflected in the important status and responsibility that the Wales' national team hold in Welsh culture and society.
Our company, FelinFach Natural Textiles is located in the heart of the Preseli area of Pembrokeshire near to Boncath. We design Welsh blankets, Welsh woollen blankets and throws which are traditionally woven at Welsh mills. We also design and make natural hand dyed yarn, cotton, silk and wool scarves and other handmade products. We are a proud supporter of the Campaign for Wool, Global Welsh and Wales International.
Last update 18th May 2020
July 16, 2021 4 min read
Nobody loves natural fibres more than we do. Cotton, silk, cashmere, mohair and of course wool. We love them because they are less damaging to the environment, they are natural sustainable products, their breathable qualities make them soft and airy against the skin. It is therefore unfortunate that moths also like natural fibres and we need to control and eliminate them, preferably in a natural way!!!
July 11, 2021 3 min read
All of FelinFach's hand dyed yarn and fabric are dyed using natural dyes, both plant and insect extract natural dyes on site at our FelinFach Studio in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Our dye recipes include traditional and natural dye stuff such as Indigo, Madder, Weld, Indigo, Logwood to name a few. There is a beauty and depth of colour to natural dye that becomes more beautiful with age
July 10, 2021 3 min read
Offas Dyke is a 177 mile (285 kilometre) footpath that was officially opened on 10th July 1971. It is one of Britain's National Trails and is also Britain’s longest ancient monument. In the 8th century, King Offa of Mercia erected this wide border rampart to separate Wales and England. Much later, in 1971 Offa's Dyke path was placed alongside it, from Chepstow in South Wales to Prestatyn in the North.