A 100% wool fabric of classic heritage-inspired design, prioritising local, responsibly sourced biological materials and manufacturing processes from the South West of the UK.
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. Naturally dyed with organically grown, traditional British plant dyes at the Botanical Inks. And woven at the Bristol Weaving Mill, the first industrial loom to open in Bristol in nearly 100 years.
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 are thrilled to be working with Bristol based designers to provide an enticing selection of rewards for you to purchase to help us back this project. Brown In Town are offering tailor made mens jackets and suits, Jokoto Tailors have flattering ladies kimono jackets and accessories 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 zero-waste garments.
Botanical Inks: Babs Behan
Bristol based Botanical Inks natural dye studio, founded by Babs Behan, uses natural pigments & materials to make biologically nutritious designs as part of an eco-centric creative process.
Botanical Inks prioritise using local organic heritage plant dyes and materials to create colourfast textiles without the use of toxic synthetic chemicals or heavy metals.
Babs Behan is responsible for producing the Bristol Cloth project.
Botanical Inks create naturally-dyed yarns, to complement the beautiful un-dyed fleece colours supplied by Fernhill Fleece.
Bristol Weaving Mill: Franki Brewer and Juliet Bailey
The Bristol Weaving Mill Ltd. is a new production sampling facility specialising in the production of high-quality woven fabrics based in the heart of St Philips, Bristol. Launched in 2015 by Franki Brewer and Juliet Bailey, owners and directors of internationally renowned Bristol based woven textile design studio Dash and Miller Ltd, the Bristol Weaving Mill serves both local, UK and international clients within the fashion and interior industries.
The Bristol Weaving Mill Ltd is working alongside Dash and Miller Ltd to design, develop and produce the Bristol Cloth to the highest possible ethical production standards and the lowest possible carbon footprint. Designed on hand-operated weaving looms in the Dash and Miller Ltd studio in collaboration with the Bristol Textile Quarter and local community, the fabric will be woven to order at The Bristol Weaving Mill Ltd on the first industrial weaving loom to open in Bristol in 90 years.
Fernhill Fleece: Jen Hunter and Andy Wear
Fernhill Fleece and Fibre employs a best practice guide to growing and harvesting British wool, encouraging wool production from commercial farmers close to Bristol and the South West who are committed to transparent holistic management standards. Growers are mapped to offer full traceability and new methods of extracting the best fibres at shearing (such as pre-lamb blade shearing and Autumn shearing of lambs) will be promoted.
Fernhill Fleece Standards ensures that the raw fleece supplied for the Bristol Cloth is colour coded, graded and sorted to ensure consistent length and strength, whilst gentle washing retains natural fleece structures during yarn production.
Bristol Textile Quarter and Working Wool: Emma Jane Hague
Founded in 2014 by Emma Jane Hague, Bristol Textile Quarter CIC (BTQ) and as a Fibershed affiliate for SW England is dedicated to supporting Bristol's textile community and building a more resilient local textile economy in the South West. BTQ provides access to workspace and equipment as well as the space and opportunity for local textile makers, designers, fibre farmers, students and graduates alike to meet, connect and forge meaningful collaborations.
Emma co-founded the Bristol Cloth project with Babs Behan in 2015 and has since withdrawn from the partnership to focus on building the SW England Fibershed.
Designed, sourced and manufactured in the South West.
Following our regional design competition, to find a regionally-inspired design to launch the Bristol Cloth, the chosen winner, Wendy Kotenko, has had her design woven into a 5m length of cloth.
This design is now being used to make the first 200 metres of Bristol Cloth, using wool from Fernhill Farm, natural dyeing from Botanical Inks and the first industrial weaving loom to open in Bristol in 90 years, The Bristol Weaving Mill.
Our crowd funder campaign launches October 17th 2018, through which we will pre-sell all 200m of the Bristol Cloth as meterage of cloth, finished blanket scarves and other beautiful accessories.
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