The Bristol Cloth project showcases British heritage, preserving what this land has always offered and what British communities have done for centuries. We are set to prove that it is still commercially viable to make cloth on our shores, sustaining British tradition, culture, community, land and the economy.
Bristol Cloth is made with holistically farmed and biologically washed wool from Fernhill Farm, using carbon sequestering practices to lock carbon back into the soil where it belongs, regenerative soil fertility and offer the highest standards of animal welfare. Our lambswool yarn is naturally dyed with certified organic plant dyes by Botanical Inks. And woven at the Bristol Weaving Mill, the first industrial loom to open in Bristol in nearly 100 years. The entire process is done without the use of toxic synthetic chemicals and set mainly within a 15 mile radius of Bristol. Reducing the carbon footprint and creating a cloth which is actually safe to make, use, wear and go back into the ground at the end of its useful life cycle. Our system is fully traceable and contributes to our local community and economy, with fair pay terms to all suppliers..
By supporting this campaign, you can help re-create a local, resilient textile economy in the South West, offering an alternative to the unsustainable global textile production systems which have threatened traditional British cloths almost to extinction and critically damaged the health of our biosphere; Support regenerative agriculture which captures carbon from the air and locks it back into the soil whilst also replenishing soil health; Help recreate our ability to dye textiles using non-toxic plant dyes; and bring artisan textile production back into our local economy.
We’ve been overjoyed by the success of this project so far, with £7,000 raised in the first 5 days of our crowd funder campaign, smashing our first target and carrying on to meet our second target of £15,000 over the following weeks, finally reaching over £18,000.
The amount of support and enthusiasm for this project has been electric and ever so heartening! The BBC have graced our story with a full 3 minute feature on Points West News (below); Radio 4 have been in to interview us, and we have been written up in Selvedge Magazine, No Serial Number Magazine, Permaculture Magazine and several local Bristol papers including Bristol 24/7, The Bristol Magazine, Bristol Post, Bristol TV and the Mendip Times.
We still have plenty of the 200 metres of Bristol Cloth available to pre-order and doing so is of great benefit to our campaign.
The crowdfunder has now closed, so please go to the online store here to pre-order and support this project:
Bristol Cloth Tailor Made Products
We are thrilled to be working with Bristol based tailors to provide an exciting selection of locally made products using Bristol Cloth, closing the loop on our production system.
Brown In Town are offering tailor made mens jackets and suits, Jokoto Tailors have flattering ladies kimono jackets and accessories including cushion covers, laptop cases and purses and oB wear is a clothing label focusing on making high quality, considered garments that shape with us over the years. Offering a choice of unisex and zero-waste garments, including a jumpsuit and t-shirt.
Brown in town - Tailor
Brown in Town takes it's inspiration from traditional British tailoring, but, as the name would suggest, they’re not adverse to breaking with tradition in order to achieve the perfect look for the individual. Brown in Town was founded to establish a traditional tailors and outfitters in Bristol, sympathetic to the requirements of the modern gentleman. All their garments are tailored with impeccable cut and finish.
Choose from a tailor made to measure jacket, 2-piece suit or 3-piece suit, made using Bristol Cloth. Made to your design style/fit/detail preferences.
Jokoto Tailoring is owned and run by Hannah Bartlett and Eloise Atwell. The pair have been working together for several years, originally honing their skills by creating an ethically made womenswear brand Jokoto. After giving up their day jobs in the sewing industry they have opened Jokoto Tailoring. Jokoto Tailoring offers a variety of services. Alterations, bespoke garment making, sample making and dry cleaning.
Choose from the layered kimono jacket (below left) and the cropped kimono jacket (below right), made using the Bristol Cloth in a , in a lightweight quality cloth, similar to a light tweed. Finished with a cold wash and hot pressed flat.
Along with a zipped bag and 12 X 12” cushion cover design.
oB wear is a Bristol based clothing label focusing on making high quality, considered garments that shape with us over the years.
Choose from the unisex jumpsuit or zero-waste t-shirt shown below, made using Bristol Cloth, in a lightweight quality cloth, similar to a light tweed. Finished with a cold wash and hot pressed flat.
METERAGE OF BRISTOL CLOTH
140 cm width. Available by the metre.
Choose your preferred quality of finish - Either washed and hot pressed to give a light/medium weight tweed cloth style, great for suiting and accessories. Or, cold washed only, to give a fluffier quality finish, great for scarves, throws and softer items.
BRISTOL CLOTH scarves and throws
Scarf ( 200 x 35cm)
Blanket Scarf (200 x 70cm)
Throw (200 x 140 cm)
Made with Bristol Cloth and finished with a cold wash to give a soft and slightly fluffy quality. With fringed ends.