Sunday, 17 December 2017

Waiting at the Estuary

Wales has a long history of woollen mills, where the traditional Welsh tapestry is woven.  These tapestries are distinctive in their geometric patterns and colour combinations, and there are patterns dating to the 1700s.  These designs are thought to have been a major influence in early North American communities around the Pennsylvania area, where intrepid Welsh settled in what then was called 'New Wales'.  I attended a quilting workshop at the start of the year, and the textile expert on the day noted the similarity between Welsh textiles and some Amish textiles.

These days only 8 woollen mills remain in Wales, and their future is under threat due to an ageing workforce.  However, Welsh tapestry has been trendy for a few years now, and the prices have gone up considerably (I still haven't found a decent Welsh tapestry blanket within my budget!).  I do hope though that the tapestries continue to be en vogue so that the mills can continue.

The cape I'm wearing here was a birthday present from my husband back in May, and I have been waiting patiently for the right occasion to wear it.  I wanted to wear it in a particularly Welsh setting, and it seemed fitting to wear it on a recent trip to Laugharne.  I imagined myself to be waiting at the estuary for a loved one to return from sea.

Welsh tapestry cape @porcelinasworld


welsh tapestry cape montage @porcelinasworld

Welsh tapestry cape @porcelinasworld

Welsh tapestry cape @porcelinasworld

Welsh tapestry cape @porcelinasworld

Welsh tapestry cape @porcelinasworld

Welsh tapestry cape @porcelinasworld

Welsh tapestry cape @porcelinasworld
Vintage Welsh tapestry cape (probably '70s) - gift from husband, Next boots via charity shop.

The trip to Laugharne was part of a really busy long weekend where we were first in London, then High Wycombe, then back to Wales.  I have so many photos to share, but alas none of the heavy snow we received as we just weren't at home long enough to enjoy it.  This weekend is full of last-minute preparations such as writing Christmas cards, painting our bedroom and generally running around.  I've only got four days left in work then before a two week break, when I hope to mainly rest and recover from this manic period!  Bring on the mince pies...

If you want to see another fabulous example of a Welsh cape then Vix recently wore hers on a snow day.

Linking up with: #iwillwearwhatilikeVisible MondayPassion for FashionFancy Friday

20 comments:

  1. What stunning photos! They look like they came right out of a magazine.

    The cape is gorgeous.

    Everyone is so busy at this time of year. My hubby comes home in a few days and I can't wait.

    Suzanne

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    1. Thanks Suzanne, the sun came up at the right moment, we were lucky with the light! X

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  2. What can I say. Your post just took my breath away. Not only do I love (but sadly do not own any) Welsh tapestry, Laugharne is one of my all time favourite places, the castle "brown as owls", as Dylan Thomas would say, watching over the estuary. How beautiful it all looks this time of year! Thank you for taking me to this place full of memories! xxx

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    1. Well I'm pleased on both counts! Laugharne is a special place, it is always fun seeing it in different seasons. X

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  3. Everything about this post is just wonderful! That cape! That fabric! That castle! Those photos!
    I've never seen Welsh tapestry before- it is really beautiful fabric.

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    1. It's worth looking at some images of Welsh tapestry online, the colours and patterns really are superb. Melin Tregwynt stocks amazing pieces, but the pricetags are hefty!! X

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  4. I hope the mills van continue too! It s a fantastic cape! And I ll bet it s extremely warm

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  5. These photos are utterly magical, the Welsh Tourist Board should use them in a campaign!
    Your cape is fabulous, what great choice that husband of yours has.
    I've been nagging my friends G&T to sell their Welsh Tapestry on-line - as Mim will tell you, they've got the biggest and best collection of vintage pieces I've ever seen. xxx

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  6. PS Thanks so much for the mention. I've shared your post on my Facebook page. x

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  7. I've seen Welsh tapestry being used more in interior furnishings of late, for upholstery. It looks so good! I hope it doesn't get lost altogether, it's so distinctive and lovely.

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    1. Yes I've seen Welsh tapestry emerging in interiors a lot too, it's been quite trendy. Lots of the Welsh boutique hotels/apartments have started using it.

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  8. Such a gorgeous Cape, and the location is the perfect setting to show off the elegance of the outfit!

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  9. Beautiful photo shoot, and that cape is for the ages! i hope the woolens continue to be produced - they are collectibles. Thanks for linking up, xo
    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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  10. Didn't know about these beautiful Welsh tapestries. Now another thing to add to my wish list! That cape is stunning, as is the background scenery.

    Theresa

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  11. Absolutely in love with your beautiful cape!

    Xoxo,

    Ashley || Sed Bona

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  12. I'm a big fan of Welsh Wool, it's just so beautiful and I have several pieces. I'm currently waiting for some yarn to arrive so I can crochet a jumper to match the beautiful Welsh Wool skirt I bought for £1 at The Vintage Bazaar Jumble Sale. That outfit, of course, will be going up on the blog as soon as it's finished!

    In case you were interested, I did a blog post about my love of Welsh Wool right back when I first started blogging, which you can see here - http://vintagegal.co.uk/vintage-lifestyle/my-love-of-vintage-welsh-tapestry/

    I love your photos, particularly that first one. It makes me think of Outlander, which I know is set in Scotland, but it has that same rugged Celtic feel about it. The Welsh Wool goes perfectly with the crumbling castle.

    Have a wonderful Christmas, by the way! xx

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    1. Thanks for the link to your post Cate, I enjoyed reading it!

      That truly is a bargain getting the skirt for £1, the prices have really gotten a bit silly in recent years. xx

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  13. I hadn’t really realised Welsh wool was a thing - very sheltered over here in England ;) It sure looks cosy! Love the atmospheric photos showing this cool cape off. Oh and thank you for the Christmas card :) xx

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    1. Ha, I feel like it's part of my job to share Welsh culture on the internet?! I'm sure you have lots of regional things too that I'm clueless about xx

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  14. Oh wow, just 8 left ? :(
    On the other hand that cape is a true work of art !!!
    Happy Holidays.

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