Made in Cumbria brings you the finest woven textile products in the region. Handmade textiles have been a thriving cottage industry in Cumbria for thousands of years, making use of wool from native breeds, such as Herdwick sheep, and other natural materials. What is great about Herdwick wool is that it is historically sustainable and can be used to create a number of high-quality fabrics whilst supporting the county’s local farming heritage. It is a versatile material and can be transformed into luxurious fabrics and materials such as blankets and tweeds and is also perfect for upholstering furniture. The age-old skills of weaving and dyeing fabrics are still found in the workshops of artisan designers in Cumbria today. Many Cumbrian textile makers take inspiration from the seasonal colours and shades of the distinctive rugged Lake District landscape and recreate this in their woven textiles, taking pride in showcasing the county’s unique heritage.
Cumbria is home to an impressive number of textile studios, workshops and galleries that showcase the best of local talent. For visitors to Cumbria and the Lake District looking for something different or unusual to take home as a gift or keepsake, local textile products can be purchased from fabric shops, gift shops and farm shops across the county. Many textile studios and workshops in the region offer classes you can attend, giving visitors the chance to learn from experienced local textile artists and designers. Whether you are a textile and design enthusiast or simply appreciated the beauty of finely crafted handmade fabrics, Cumbrian woven textiles are a true gem of the region. By buying from local textile artists and designs you are support the age-old tradition of weaving and dying fabrics in Cumbria.
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