8 October 2011
We find the perfect year round comforter that’s made for a good cause
Regardless of the season, life is always more comforting when there is a warm blanket within reach. Late summer evenings spent enjoying the outdoors are definitively a more enjoyable experience if one is wrapped inside the warmth of a cosy blanket. And while we’re still experiencing the last of winter’s chills we’ve found the perfect transitional blanket to take us through any season.
The Wolwaeren project by designer Roland Pieter Smit of the Netherlands is a series of seven unique blankets, each hand woven by a person with a mental or physical impairment.
Roland Pieter Smit designs looms that reflect the psychological and physical needs of the makers. For example, autistic people can work at a very refined level, so he uses thin yarn, whilst those with Downs Syndrome need thicker yarn. The yarns, made from Texel wool, which was once a lucrative yarn but now is in less demand. By offering the sheep farmers an honest price, Smit reinstates some of the value of the wool and produces thick hand-made blankets that are absolutely stunning and worth curling up with.
Lovingly hand-made: you can see the tension changing ever so slightly with the carefully woven strand of yarn. Each blanket is luxurious and has the comforting weight of a blanket you cherish forever – regardless of the season.
A piece of luxury wrapped up in a good cause, now who can resist that?
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