07. 17. 2007
Sweater from a single sheep
I like to know where my goods hail from. Besides simply working to avoid the Poison Train it's always nice to know who was involved and how the materials were put together. Christien Meindertsma's company FLOCKS has taken my product paranoia to a wonderful new level, and is producing woolen goods made from the hair of a single animal. Each piece is labeled with the breed, country of origin, and a little photo of the actual sheep before shearing!
Christien is knitting mittens, scarves, and cardigan sweaters from single shearings of angora rabbits, alpacas, goats, and sheep. These are wearables designed to be utilitarian while also being beautiful. All FLOCKS products come in natural untreated colors and the beauty of the animal’s coat makes these comfortable clothes unabashedly elegant.
Beyond clothing just our bodies, Christien will shear an entire flock and make carpets or furniture if you need to dress up a room in your home. However, as would be expected, unique and beautiful pieces are never found on the discount rack: a cardigan goes for about $650 USD, and the furniture pieces are bespoke.