This hat is one of our most beautiful products this season. Made from Irish Alpacas raised with love in Co. Wicklow & handknit by a retiree in Co. Dublin these hats were a project that came together through the various lockdowns we experienced in Dublin.
Hand-knit from the finest Irish Alpaca wool & hand-dyed using colour extracted from plants, this hat is a pleasure to wear. Beautifully soft, durable with a silk-like luxurious quality, alpaca is one of the warmest natural fibres known. Due to the structure of alpaca fibres, it has excellent thermal regulating properties which will keep you warm through the cold months ahead. Alpaca fibre is lightweight, soft, hypoallergenic & water-resistant.
Each hat has been hand-knit by a wonderful woman called Elaine, based in Co. Dublin, she tells me that she loves knitting these hats & having this project to fill her time. Due to the handmade nature of these hats, each one is unique with the characteristics of a beautiful handmade piece.
Once the hats have been knit, I then prepare them for dyeing through a process known as scouring which removes any oils or waxes from the fibre. I then soak the hats in a mordant solution which helps the dye bind to the fibre and increase colour & light fastness.
After the hats have been scoured and mordanted, I prepare the dye baths from pure plant extracts and dye each hat individually. Using a combination of rainwater and plant-based ingredients I dye all our textiles without the use of any harmful chemicals or synthetic ingredients, making our textiles truly eco-friendly. These hats have been dyed over many days to achieve the colours you see.
All our pieces are washed with an eco-friendly detergent before carefully labelling & packaging in recycled or FSC paper products. Making everything we offer as environmentally conscious and considerate as possible.
Due to the nature of plant dyes, this piece may come with small irregularities which add to the beauty and uniqueness of each piece.
- 100% Irish Alpaca Yarn
- Handknit in Dublin
- One size fits all
- Hand-dyed with pure plant extracts
- 100% natural & eco-friendly.
- Made in Ireland from Irish Fibres.
To care for this piece:
- Hand wash
- Wash with a gently eco-friendly detergent
- Lay flat or line dry
- Do not tumble dry