Textile-making has been prevalent in Cumbria as long as the land here has been farmed. Native breeds such as Herdwick sheep have provided the perfect medium for this thriving cottage industry as have many of the other natural materials and resources here. Not only will you find sheep wool fabrics, alpaca and cow hide are used to make bespoke products by farming families looking to diversify and modernise. Whether you’re after clothing or raw fabrics, wool, dog clothing or upholstery fabric, Made in Cumbria has a wide choice of designers working in the textile industry.
Many of the textiles available to buy here in Cumbria have been handmade using age-old skills such as weaving, spinning and dyeing. Textile artisans often sell the raw materials, as well as the finished fabrics and may even make their textiles into other products, such as clothing, furniture, homewares and gifts. As with so much of what is created in Cumbria, the landscape has played a vital role in not only providing the resources to make these beautiful textiles but has inspired the designers use of colour, pattern and style. We’ve seen Lake District tweed made from local wool woven into tweeds that encapsulate the Lake District lake backdrops, both in colour and pattern. Similarly, there are talented designers using local wool to make knitwear that not only harnesses the thermal properties of sheep wool but look modern and stylish too. Cattle hides are used by cattle farms to make bespoke leather products such as belts, bags and other accessories.
This ethos of using what’s available and making something more than the sum of its parts is a tradition that has echoed through Cumbria for centuries and Made in Cumbria proudly showcases those creative craftspeople that produce wonderful textiles to sell to those looking to take a little something of the Lakes into their home.
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