Thread Making

The thread in our woolen rugs makes them unique. The thread is entirely handmade. It has not been chemically treated, colored or bleached, all the colors are natural lambswool colors. Sheep fleece comes in three colors: black white and brown. All the sheep are different in color, which makes all our products unique as the colour varies slightly from thread to thread and rug to rug. The thread is made in several different phases.

The thread is produced in the highland villages of Ethiopia. These villages are rural and very poor. Thread making generates extra income for small farmers and their families. The sheep are owned by the farmers and the mothers of the families produce thread from these sheep.

After the sheep shearing the woollen fleece is cleaned by hand. In order to have evenly coloured thread the black and brown fleece needs to be separated. At the same time, the fleece is made fluffier.

The carding of the fleece is done entirely by hand.

The carded wool is spun with a spinning wheel by hand. Spinning one kilogram of woolen thread takes one to two days.

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After the wool is spun, the thread is washed with water and soap. This is usually done by stomping which makes it possible to handle larger batches at once. After this the thread is hung to dry.

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