Düwen Ply

DÜWEN PLY

This is a lovely strong plied yarn that is particularly well suited for a weaving warp, or for any knitting project that requires a hard-wearing finish. It has been spun from the wool of the sheep most commonly reared by smallholders in this part of Central and Southern Chile; typically Romney Marsh or Suffolk.  

The pastel, "seaside" colours have been produced for us by Lavkenche artisans from the Bío Bío region of Southern Chile, members of an indigenous association which aims to secure rural livelihoods through the promotion of tradtitional skill which allow women to remain at home and combine their work with other household activities. Women spin and ply yarn on an "huso" or drop spindle. They then dye the yarn using plants and minerals collected in the locality. The Lavkenche live in Chile's southern coastal region and the influence of the sea is evident in the colours that they are able to achieve.

For the vibrant, summer-garden colours we work with a small group of women from Central Chile, based in a small village in the Andean foothills. The hot, dry climate rewards the women with a range of plants that give much brighter hues. They too spin their yarn on a drop spindle and use recipes handed down from their mothers and grandmothers to extract the best colours from the plants that they are able to find locally.

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