Irish and Carpathian Woolen Goods. Whenever I travel I abide by one rule: to get to know at least one craftsperson who makes traditional, high-quality products in each land I visit. In Ireland (a country I visit often and return to with pleasure), I have been particularly intrigued by their woollen products. Some of my favorites are the wool socks from Donegal in the north of this country, and the fine, luxurious blankets and scarves from Foxford. We also sell woollen blankets from the Balkan country of Bulgaria, which are noted for their higher wool mass. I take pleasure in personally recommending these products to you.
Foxford Woollen Mills belong to the last working mills in Ireland with a strong historic tradition of weaving. Foxford products represent hundreds of years of skill, dedication and commitment and passion for craftsmanship that will never fade. Thanks to good business relations with Irish manufacturers we can offer you this range of woolen products. Imported by Wulflund.
Caps and hats from Ireland.
Woolen socks, Donegal, Ireland.
These Socks are the unique end product of the third generation of a family business involved in the manufacturing of traditional wool socks in Donegal tweed colours. The rugged patterns of mountains and moor intertwine with hues of wild sea and blue sky in the patchwork weave of colour that is Ireland’s Donegal. People visit from many lands for peace, tranquility and renewal, and watch a centuries old tradition of sock making, a rare craft which has passed down generations. The natural ruggedness of our product is a reflection of the colours and patterns which reflect the wild and beautiful scenery of this region.
Donegal Hosiery is situated in the picturesque town of Glenties on the North West coast of Ireland surrounded by the Bluestack mountains.
The town of Glenties has been synonymous with sock and knitwear manufacture for many hundreds of years. In fact the film ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’, starring Meryl Streep and written by Brian Friel, is based on the town of Glenties, where the Mundy sisters on whom this play and film were based earned their living knitting socks for the local factories.
Today almost all the traditional skills have gone, however the Breslin family is endeavouring to hold on to the skills that their forefathers bore and continue to manufacture socks for the home and export market.
These blankets come to you from the renowned Rhodope Mountains where the Bulgarian wool processing industry is concentrated. They use the same colors and are woven using the same techniques as in the past. In Bulgarian museums you can see blankets four hundred years and older that have the same patterns as the ones we are selling. It is even possible that the Bulgarians gained the knowledge of how to produce them from the ancient Thracians.
Our Bulgarian blankets are made from 100% sheep’s wool that is sourced from Rhodope area shepherds. The wool has not been subjected to carbonisation (treatment with sulfuric acid).
Care: Wash your wool at a maximum temperature of 30 °C in hand or in a washing machine set on a wool program and use washing products for wool that contain lanolin. The blankets become even softer after washing. Do not dry blankets in an electric dryer, and do not have them chemically dry cleaned. If you need to iron your blanket, keep the iron temperature below 110 °C.
Woolen Handbags & Bags from Ireland and Scotland. A unique look, imported directly from the manufacturers.
Woolen vests imported from Ireland.