Heart of Huddersfield; Heritage, Tradition, Sustainability

Heart of Huddersfield; Heritage, Tradition, Sustainability

August 15th 2019: Before launching HoH range
This blog entry is our second installment detailing more info prior to the launch of the Heart of Huddersfield woollen fabric collection. Click here to read the first installment: Fabworks Makes A Special Announcement.

Huddersfield is famous for its woollen manufacturing, being one of the most impressive and renowned producers of wool cloth across the world. Fabworks is fortunate enough to have access to its mills, experience its heritage first hand and support the local industry that is built on tradition and its surrounding landscape.

When creating a bespoke woven woollen collection, you need to know exactly what the end product will be and how all the ingredients will go together, after all, we wanted this to be a recipe that would be full of Fabworks unique and quality ingredients and one we can use for future ventures.

Bringing to life our custom woollen collection was more challenging than we originally anticipated, especially the technicalities of weaving and how many yarn combinations each design requires. This is where our expert advisers and master weavers (who have asked to remain silent) advised us. Known throughout Yorkshire for their impeccably woven fabrics, from country tweeds through to fine worsteds and tartans, combining profession, hobby and passion making for a winning recipe.

The spinning mules processing the yarn ready for weaving  The finished yarn samples ready to be mixed & matched before being sent to the weavers.

As weavers of traditional heritage wool fabrics and other first quality textiles for apparel, quirky colour combinations weren’t something that they were used to, as you can imagine! … But, in combining their skills and our ideas the end result is a collection of fabrics that sums up all the best things about the Yorkshire woollen trade and its surrounding landscape, with a colourful and quirky Fabworks twist. What could be better than working with local manufacturers?  Nowadays, in this age of sustainability and environmental concerns, we know sourcing locally made goods is a positive step forwards and keeps the fabrics’ carbon footprint very low. Dewsbury is the hometown of Fabworks and is only 8 miles from Huddersfield.

Fabworks is a family business with 25 years of experience trading as fabric merchants, with our roots firmly planted in the woollen trade and a great supporter of UK produced textiles. Like the Mills within West Yorkshire steeped in history and tradition, Fabworks is making its own history as we are learn and immerse ourselves in all things wool.

We are all Yorkshire folk who love fabric and it is hard to escape from the influence that the woollen industry has had on generations of us. We know that Huddersfield is famous for its woollen mills, and played a part in the history of the Industrial Revolution and we are proud of our heritage, but since our immersion in this project we have had our eyes opened.

Top Italian fashion houses such as Prada, Gucci, and Dolce & Gabbana actively commission Yorkshire woollen mills to spin, weave and finish their cloths. Therefore we decided it was time to remind people and take the opportunity to show those that do not know, that the mills of Huddersfield sit near the top of the pile as one of the world’s best manufacturers of the finest woollen fabrics. If you want to know more about the history of the woollen industry and weaving around Huddersfield take a look at C&J Antich’s website. One of our favourite quotes: The history of textiles is long and eventful, steeped in tradition and intrinsically woven into the heritage of West Yorkshire.

With Fabworks’ special new woollen fabric collection being created (spun, woven and finished) only 8 miles away in the heart of the Heavy Woollen Industry, we are supporting local business’ and reducing our carbon footprint, as well as creating fabric perfection (if that is possible). This collection so far makes up over 80% of our wool yield for this A/W season, compared to previous years where we haven’t had any locally manufactured fabrics.

From spinning the yarn all the way through to doing a rub test on the finished piece, everything takes place in a five mile radius in the ‘Heart of Huddersfield’.

To give ourselves a better understanding and emphasise sentiment and passion behind our new collection we took a day trip to visit the mills that would be producing our cloth, touring the five mile radius. This tour took up to visit the companies involved in our fabrics production and through the rolling hills of rugged countryside, broken only by rivers and streams and characteristic dry-stone walls.

One of the highlights from our visit in seeing these mills and their workforce, reassured us that our fabrics are produced by a skilled workforce, who are proud of their products, and have been surrounded by the woollen industry all their lives. These people have been in the Yorkshire textiles industry for generations, proud Yorkshire men and women that aren’t scared to get their hands dirty, with the expertise to produce the best results. You have only to look and feel at these wonderful wools, to know the proof is in the pudding.

Click here to read our third and final installment of blog articles in anticipation of the Heart of Huddersfield launch.

 

The rolling hills of the Holme Valley, home to where the Heart of Huddersfield was made!
Update: since writing this article we have now launched the very special Heart of Huddersfield range of wools that you can view by clicking here
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That sounds very exciting , a wonderful thought of new wool fabrics being created in Yorkshire. Looking forward to it arriving.

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Can’t wait to see the outcome!

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Another Yorkshire lass dead pleased at this project. My mother, uncle, aunts all worked for companies like Hepworth and Burtons; you could say Yorkshire wool is in my blood! Wishing you every success!

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Great news especially for a Yorkshire lass now living in Ireland. Can’t wait to see the fabrics – credit card at the ready. I have 2 pure wool skirts I made in 1995 and they are still in good fettle and are worn regularly.
More power to your elbows.

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Fantastic initiative . I feel the same passion about ceramics being made in Stoke on Trent! :)

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I’ve been following every snippet of information about the new 💗of Huddersfield wooden fabrics ……. I think it’s a fantastic venture and I cannot wait to see the cloths on the shelves…… well done Fabworks for keeping it close to home😀

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This is such great news!!! Congratulations team Fabworks I’m REALLY excited to see this collection.

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So pleased to see that Yorkshire woollens are being properly appreciated. Looking forward to seeing the fabric.

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The tradition of world quality wool will continue thanks to your new venture.

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I lived in Yorkshire, near Dewsbury, during the 1970’s when all the mills were closing and lots of my friends and their families were affected. I also have cloth from then, £1 for a skirt length! (Those were the days!)
It will be lovely to see the finished cloth and I wish you every success in this venture

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Brilliant project… so looking forward to seeing the finished fabrics!

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I bought great cloths from fabworks ,lots of wool and cottons ,I now live in France ,and no longer sew with there beautifull cloth ,there service is second to none there cloth superb and at prices that are astonishing ,this new venture is very exiting and I’m sure cloth will be beautifull ,can’t wait to see them

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Fabulous blog! What an amazing project, and can’t wait for the fabrics! Still have some suit lengths of Huddersfield woven worsted from the 1960s that was my mums. The quality is just fantastic. Hope it is a great success!!

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Looking forward to seeing the fabrics!

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I’m very excited about these new woolen fabrics. I’m pretty sure we can rely on you for some suggestions about how to best use these, can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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This is such a fabulous project and so interesting to learn all about how you are involved in sourcing the wonderful fabrics you allow us to purchase from you.

Wishing you every continued success. Just wish I wasn’t such a slow coach when making outfits, but always look to you when making my fabric choices.

Thanks again for all you do for us keen home sewists.

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Coming from Yorkshire (Halifax) I am so proud of our woollen heritage and so pleased that you are now involved in not just the sale but also the manufacture of woollen fabrics. Can’t wait to see what your range of fabrics. All the best.

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