Dorcha Stripe, Halves, Sanas Stripe
Canach cottongrass wrap, spun from Scottish Merino fleece.
Draped under a bright Hebridean moon, this elegant wrap will keep the wind from your shoulders whilst welcoming in the new year at Uisinish bothy, or whilst watching the sun set at midsummer on the white sand beaches of North Uist. With softness, drape and stunning natural colour-ways this elegant wrap is really a one-off garment to treasure.
A luxurious super-soft wrap 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.”
There are three very subtle designs for this batch of wraps, each equally stunning and easy to wear. There are two different shades of yarn used in all three designs:
“Sanas” a beautiful soft mid grey-brown shade, the lighter of the two.
“Dorcha” a deep rich dark brown.
Design 1: “Halves” This design is for the indecisive amongst us: the length of the wrap is split in two by a gorgeous ombre gradient from the Sanas half of the wrap to the Dorcha.
Design 2: “Sanas Stripe” This has the deliciously dark Dorcha for the main body of the wrap with a stunning Sanas fade-in-fade-out at each fringe end. So elegant.
Design 3: “Dorcha Stripe” Like the Sanas Stripe, only in reverse- a stunningly gentle Sanas wrap with the skilfully woven Dorcha stripe at each fringe end.
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