Cambrian Mountains Wool is the latest project to be supported by the Cambrian Mountains Initiative (CMI). The Initiative, inspired by HRH The Prince of Wales, aims to help sustain traditional upland farms and rural communities of Wales. Cambrian Mountains Wool products will reflect the ethos of the CMI – adding value to traditional farms, offering the highest quality local produce and reconnecting people to the natural world and the area’s rich wool textiles heritage.
Wool is the Cambrian Mountain’s oldest, most versatile, natural and renewable resource. It has shaped the landscape, driven the economy and generated employment for entire communities. For centuries, the industry was the beating heart of Wales. An industrious hub of closely connected sheep farmers, spinners, weavers and makers turned locally farmed fleece into clothing and textiles that were sold throughout the world.
Fortunes may have changed, but the passion and the skills remain. Today, the region is home to sheep farmers and to a wealth of creative people and businesses, all doing beautiful things with wool – as well as the stars of the piece, the sheep.
Cambrian Mountains Wool wants to rekindle the historic links between local sheep farmers, wool processors, designers, makers and retailers, and facilitate a range of original contemporary wool products, from fleece farmed in the region, under an official Cambrian Mountains Wool label.
Grown from a broad cross-section of people and businesses, united in their passion for wool, a small steering group of local people is working to build a network of local connections. The strength of Cambrian Mountains Wool will be its membership and its contacts – and the key to the scheme’s success.
Cambrian Mountains Wool hopes to facilitate a pioneering range of clothing, accessories, homewares and even industrial applications from local wool. Cambrian Mountains Wool products will reflect the ethos of the Cambrian Mountains Initiative – adding value to traditional farms, offering the highest quality local produce and reconnecting people to the natural world and the powerful heritage of Wales.