|Dimensions||170 × 36 cm|
Dipped "Dark", Dipped "Light", Halves "Dark", Halves "Light", Stripes "Dark", Stripes "Light"
£150.00 | 135g
Canach cottongrass, spun from Scottish Merino fleece.
Bundled in a luxuriously soft woollen Canach Scarf, who would notice the brisk Hebridean wind when First-footing through the village on Hogmanay? Then having worked hard through the Winter to ensure warmth and protection, a simple drape and sweep over the shoulder is all that’s needed for an elegant extra at a Summer sunset atop the white sands of the sheltered dunes.
A luxurious super-soft narrow scarf in Scottish Merino with more than one amazing story to tell: A rare breed wool farmed in Aberdeenshire, spun in the Outer Hebrides by Uist Wool and woven in Speyside by Woven in the Bone. A truly artisanal product with provenance.
Scottish Merino is originally a cross breed of Shetland and Saxon Merino sheep, creating a sheep hardy enough to withstand the Scottish weather with an incredibly soft and fine fleece. The breed was developed in the 1990s by the Macaulay Institute (Now the James Hutton Institute), and you can find more about the project here.
Whilst Scottish Merino sheep are bred to be tougher than pure Merino, the Hebridean winters would still be too much for their fine fleeces, and so we source this special fibre from an established and well-loved flock in Aberdeenshire. The majority of the flock is white, however there a a select few favourites (mostly beloved pets) with rich and varied coloured fleeces, and it is these fleeces that we buy from the lovely family.
For us, the bonus of Shetland sheep in the breeding means that we get the variety of gorgeous natural colours that we have blended into our fantastic yarns. Each of our yarns has extra texture, neps are a serendipitous result of the combining the fine fibre with our bespoke machines, and the result is a truly unusual, rich textured yarn and consequently cloth too. Each of our Canach colours are spun in individual quantities according to the raw fleece available. This means that not only are the yarns in small batches, but that the quantities vary from one colour to the next. As such, we have a very limited number of these wraps, and an un-equal number of each colour, so make sure that you don’t miss out!
Woven in the Bone
There’s only one person we want to weave our Canach weaving yarns; Sam Goates of Woven in the Bone has an extraordinary sympathy with landscape, texture, colour and form. Her eye for design means that we entrust our yarns to her and await the results with very little input from ourselves. Sam is truly an Artisan, and in our opinion one of the best weavers in Scotland, if not further afield.
“My heritage is the landscape and rich culture of Scotland. Inspiration for my cloth can come from natural, industrial, urban and contemporary environments. I follow a well trodden path that continues to draw connections between the diverse Scottish landscape and the cloth that I make…
I returned to Scotland in 2007 and while developing training for Harris Tweed weavers, I witnessed first-hand the infamous clickety clack of the old Hattersley looms with all their romantic charm and mind-boggling Victorian engineering. Here was a machine for commercial cloth production that only requires two feet, alert senses and a lot of patience.”
The scarves have been woven in pairs on the loom, each with a different ‘warp’ (yarn pattern from fringe to fringe), this means that each design has 2 very subtle differences- a plain-woven slightly paler look, which we’re calling “Light”, and a more random-streaked ‘warp’ which gives a darker, more mottled look, which we’ve called “Dark”. So, there are six designs to choose from:
1 & 2: “Halves”, this has rich deep brown yarn on one half, with a beautiful gradient in the middle into the gorgeous mid grey-brown in the other half. This comes in “Light” and “Dark”;
3 & 4: “Dipped” uses the lovely mid grey-brown yarn for the main body of the scarf, then each end graduates into the rich deep brown yarn to give a ‘dipped paint’ effect, gorgeous in both “Light” and “Dark”;
5 & 6: “Stripes” uses a contrasting white yarn to separate beautiful stripes of dark and mid brown for this lovely handsome scarf. Wonderful in “Light” and “Dark”.
To view the differences, select the photos in the gallery for captions, or select each scarf in the drop-down menu below and its image will pop up in the gallery.