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Combed, sheep's wool blanket

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Combed, sheep's wool blanket (125 x 223cm)

Product Code: PEN008

Weavers Irma and her daughter Paola live amongst the dusty sun-baked hills of the coastal mountains of Central Chile. The family's sheep thrive in this seemingly hostile land of pine and eucalyptus plantations, and provide the two women with ample supplies of soft fleece for their weaving.

The two women first wash the fleece to remove dirt and impurities, then comb it in preparation for spinning on a drop spindle. The spindle, or huso, as it is known locally, is a simple home-made device of a narrow stick of wood, approximately 45cm in length, weighted at one end with a piece of clay or wood, onto which the yarn is spun. Once sufficient yarn has been prepared the women weave on simple floor-standing looms erected on their shady porch, where an assortment of animals (including the family's 'pet' chickens) seek shade from the searing mid-day sun.

These sumptuously thick, soft blankets use only the pure, natural colours of the fleece, combed for extra softness. In Chile, this style of blanket is prized for it's light and springy texture, supremely warm, yet not too heavy when piled three or even four at a time on a bed to keep out the chills of a cold Andean winter night.

These blankets also look and feel great as a throw over a favourite settee – their natural simplicity a complement to any colour scheme.

Care instructions:

100% sheep's wool.
Handwash in cold water, mild soap, dry flat. Or dry clean. 

Please note: this item is individually handwoven, precise dimensions may vary slightly. 
It is possible that you will encounter small pieces of twig or plant debris in the woven fibres of this blanket – these will have remained tangled in the yarn during the preparation of the fleece, and are harmless reminders that this is not a factory – made item!

Here at añañuca we are committed to supporting rural livelihoods. Weaving is a traditional skill in rural communities in Chile, handed down through the generations from Mapuche ancestors. Today, it enables women to contribute towards household incomes in this predominantly agricultural region. Your purchase will help to support this traditional way of life.

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