The Cotswold Woollen Weavers
The history of the Cotswolds is a story of sheep’s wool and as a Cotswold Tailor, we take great pride in our location and the History associated with it.
So it was with greta joy that I manage to sneak in a quick visit to The Cotswold Woollen Weavers again recently.
For 500 years the sheep created the rolling Cotswold landscape, and money from the wool enabled the building of the mellow limestone churches, manor houses and Cotswold cottages we love so well. Generations of shepherds, wool merchants, weavers, quarrymen and stonemasons have all made their mark on this land, and in Filkins, Cotswold Woollen Weavers continues in this ancient tradition.
The Cotswolds' Sheep - The Cotswold Lion!
Today there is not much more than a ton or two of Cotswold fleece-
Cotswold wool was for many years lumped in with other English lustre-
During the early 1980's Cotswold Woollen Weavers recognised its potential and revived ts use. In particular, the natural lustre and the clarity with which it accepts dye made the wool ideal for loose-
There is a fascinating History regarding the Cotswold Wool and Sheep and I highly recommend visiting the mill for the full story.
The Cotswolds was built on wool.
The Gloucestershire Check
To celebrate this History, The Gloucestershire Check was developed.
The history of woollen cloth-
We weave our cloth with pride, and we trust you will enjoy it for years to come -
Inspired by the colours of the countryside, we have incorporated fresh green for the open hills, red for centuries of royal connections (Prince Charles, and several other members of the Royal family, live in the area), blue for the rivers, dark green for the ancient forest, honey gold for the mellow limestone of the villages, and ochre for the Cotswold sheep (long known as ‘the Cotswold Lion’), which brought prosperity to the area. These subtle shades are woven into a check, evocative of the West of England broadcloths, famous since the 18th century.
Our Gloucestershire Check cloth is made from 100% Pure New Wool, and is therefore inherently fire-
We are delighted that as a Cotswold Tailor based in Gloucestershire, we can now offer this stunning fabric in our Showroom to our customers.
It is perfect for jackets, overcoats and heavier suits and works brilliantly as a shooting suit.
Do feel free to pop in and have a look as it is stunning and something that will work for whatever item you are looking for.