To commemorate the centenary of the First World War Wonderwool Wales 2017 will be showcasing a Centenary Textile Exhibition in Hall 3. The exhibition will explore the role and development of handmade textiles including knitted, crocheted and felted items, during WW1. Visit the Centenary Textile Exhibition page for full details.
Knitted by a small group of Llandysul knitters, this will be on display in Hall 3 at this year's show. (image attached). Sue Howell will be looking after the exhibit and bringing a small display explaining how the exhibit came about. Sue is also hoping to produce a small booklet on the Llandysul Map which will be available for purchase at the show.
This exhibit has been produced by the Swansea based textile group Itchy Fingers Textiles, who exhibit annually at a number of venues around South Wales. During the Dylan Thomas celebrations of 2014 they created a model village using felt and other materials, that was exhibited as a show piece at the Taliesin Art Centre in Swansea University Grounds. It has since been exhibited at venues such as the County Hall in Swansea & the Dylan Thomas Centre. It was also used as a symbolic image at the Swansea Festival of Stitch celebrations in 2016.
Liz & David Beasley of añañuca, a local Radnorshire fairtrade business which supports rural communities in southern Chile, are delighted to be able to invite two weavers from Chile to Wonderwool Wales this year as part of a Chilean government-funded cultural exchange programme. The fund enables marginalised rural women to share aspects of their indigenous culture overseas, as well as giving them a rare opportunity to experience an entirely different culture at first hand. Isabel and Jessica, two experienced weavers from the south of Chile, will be demonstrating the traditional art of Mapuche spinning and weaving on añañuca's stand throughout the two days of the show.