Made in Cumbria is proud to boast a surprising variety of Cumbrian and Lake District based clothing brands. Or perhaps with our history of farming coupled with the increasing difficulties of surviving on livestock alone means this is not such a shock. Either way from leather workers who tan their own cattle hides to farmers who spin their own wool, Cumbria’s natural landscapes are home to the ideal materials for producing warm, durable and stylish clothing.
Handmade textiles have been a thriving industry in Cumbria for hundreds of years, making use of wool from native breeds, such as Herdwick sheep, and other natural materials, such as alpaca wool. The talented artisans of Cumbria weave and dye, design and sell their unique Lake District inspired textiles and clothing in studios and workshops scatted across the county. One of our favourite farmers has even designed her own range of Lake District tweeds, each pattern dedicated to one of the surrounded lakes and rich with the beautiful colours that influence the palette and design.
Another talented artisan turns locally sourced Herdwick wool into outerwear and suits, jackets and skirts. It is wonderfully fitting that the sheep that have roamed our land for centuries lend us their wool to keep us warm here too.
Our fabrics aren’t just used for clothing, oh no. Cumbria textiles are used for accessories and upholstery too. Think thick plush rugs and gorgeous armchairs, weekend bags, modern scarves, thermal hats and warm socks. There really is no limit to the scope of the imagination of what the creative community here can do with Lake District textiles.
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