Workshop visit: CUSHENDALE WOOLLEN MILL
Even in the rain, the village of Graignamanagh was still picturesque. I headed up to Cushendale Woollen Mill and was lucky enough to have the grand tour by Philip and Mary Cushen and watched the dedicated team working…
Steeped in history, it is encouraging to know that since 1204BC the mill has been working to produce wool. The family and the team are passionate about creating excellent quality products and Philip, was kind enough to show me around the mill.
The pure, local water from the stream is a key resource and provides water for dying the Cushendale textiles. Philip tells me about the dying process and that all the colours are produced by Cushendale. He believes that this is one of the most, elements to the finished product.
It is wonderful the way the colour shades have names; Foxglove, Apple Blossom and ooh, what’s this…I am fortunate enough to watch a rug being made, at just the right time…
Due to Royal Blue! Gorgeous Ascot Rug in production
Whether buying woollen items to wear, as a gift or, to use around the home, colour must play a focal part and this is where Cushendale truly succeed. Through years of experience and a careful consideration of market and trend, the mill produces an array of colour to suit every style.
WHAT’S NEXT: Philip, Mary and the team are working hard as ever and as Kilkenny Arts Festival vast approaches, Philip is enthusiastic to show Cushendale products, that have been specifically designed and made for the event. Can’t wait!