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Studio Donegal

Studio Donegal Woollen Mill is based in Kilcar, Co Donegal, where a tradition of hand weaving and woollen textiles has been in existence, dating back to the late 1700s and earlier, prior to the Industrial Revolution. Textiles provided an important income for rural dwellers in the cottage industry.

Local farmers supplemented their income by handweaving tweed from the rough homespun woollen yarn, which had been spun by the women, from the indigenous blackface sheep. In the late 1800s, the Congested District Board (CDB) was established by the British Government, to alleviate poverty on the western seaboard of Ireland and Scotland. This led to the first established industry in Kilcar, the famous Donegal hand-knotted carpets.

The fly shuttle, invented by John Kay, was introduced to Donegal by the CDB around this time. After partition, the Irish Department of Forestry and Fisheries took over the work of the CDB. The first woollen mill on this site, Round Tower Tweeds, established in the 1930s, continued the tradition of handweaving into the 1960s when it introduced modern power looms. By the early 1970s, all handweaving had ceased.

A plan was put in place to move the operation to Co Galway, and a new brand, Connemara Fabrics, was created. A change of mind saw the mill continue in Kilcar, but the new name, Connemara Fabrics, remained. Two separate firms developed, in new purpose-built mills, one for the woollen spinning and one for the machine weaving, Connemara Fabrics.

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Undulating Twill Throw Ruby
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VENDOR: Studio Donegal

Undulating Twill Throw  Our distinct snails trail pattern in this blanket makes it one of our more intricate weaves on the handloom but as you can see it is unquestionably worth it! Handwoven Irish quality throw with rolled fringes. Handmade...

€105,00
Herringbone Scarf Lavander
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A tasteful scarf, skilfully handwoven with a herringbone pattern in amethyst and light grey Donegal tweed wool. This is a smart addition to any wardrobe and a classic purchase to last a lifetime. A tasteful and genuine Irish craft product....

€49,00
Herringbone Scarf Teal
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Studio Donegal Tweed Scarf Blue Hand made on a traditional weaving loom with soft new wool from Irish sheep.The scarf is finished by hand tying and rolling the fringes.The type of herring bone pattern in the tweed is called a báinín...

€49,00
Baby Blankets
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PRODUCT TYPE: Throw

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Handwoven soft baby blankets in supersoft pure new wool. Perfect for the new arrival. Available in baby pink.Size Approx 100cm x 75cm.

€55,00
Plaid Blanket Small
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A traditional picnic plaid blanket in dark shades.Handwoven, washed and milled with rolled fringes.

€105,00

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