Hafan Llyfrau Basged Man Talu Fy Nghyfrif Cymorth Cynigion Arbennig Cysylltu   English  
Dod o Hyd i Siop Lyfrau
Gwybodaeth Lyfryddol
Welsh Collection, A / Casgliad Cymreig
Myra Mortlock
ISBN: 9780954456603 (0954456602)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Medi 2003
Cyhoeddwr: Naturals, Llangybi
Fformat: Clawr Meddal, 200x283 mm, 146 tudalen Iaith: Dwyieithog (Cymraeg a Saesneg) Ar gael trwy'r cyhoeddwyr yn unig Pris Llawn: £6.00 
Ein Pris: £3.00 
Rydych yn Arbed: £3.00 (50.0%)   
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Hanes darluniadol hynod ddiddorol y diwydiant gwlân llewyrchus yn ne-orllewin Cymru yn cynnwys gwybodaeth am hanes y diwydiant tecstiliau yng Nghymru, nyddwyr a chynllunwyr y presennol a'u cynnyrch, gyda rhigymau Cymraeg achlysurol yn atgyfnerthu'r testun Saesneg. 136 llun lliw a 183 llun du-a-gwyn.

A fascinating fully illustrated account of the thriving woollen industry in south-West Wales comprising information about the history of the Welsh textile industry, present-day weavers and designers and their products, with occasional Welsh rhymes which complement the English text. 136 colour and 183 black-and-white illustrations.
Over the last few years, a number of trends have come together to make this book timely: a growing interest in organic methods of production as part of general environmental concerns; a yearning for individual designs in clothing and furnishings when so much offered for sale is mass-produced; a revival of interest in hand-knitting, spinning and weaving arising out of the same yearning; a need among local authorities, the Welsh Assembly and the EU to promote employment in rural areas; and, last but not least, sufficient people prosperous enough to be able to put quality before price if they find the right product.

A Welsh Collection is a celebration of all aspects of small-scale textile production in Wales, which is hopefully on a sounder footing now than seemed possible even a very few years ago.

Almost the whole of the book is a detailed directory of the businesses and individuals involved in the production of mostly organic yarns and the goods made from them: the spinning and weaving mills; the small-holders who specialise in keeping angora goats and alpacas and rare breeds of sheep; the designers of clothes, cloth, rugs and hangings; those who knit or weave their own designs; the shops and galleries which sell or display craftwork. All these aspects are inter-related. Fleeces need to be spun into yarn, which may be later dyed; weavers need supplies of specialist yarns for their own lines of goods; designers take their inspiration from textiles and yarns with a certain unique quality; knitters need supplies of interesting yarns. Small-holders are often designers of goods using their own yarns; some knitters design too; shop-owners dye yarn to suit their own designs, which they either make up themselves or send out to home-knitters.

An appendix gives the contact details of all the businesses and individuals mentioned. This will inevitably be of less use with each passing year. There are three other appendices and a short list of places to have lunch which sell interesting food and are close to the mills and shops, etc.

Sandwiched between the directory and the appendix is the personal viewpoint of the fashion designer, Lesley Arrowsmith, on the benefits of working in Wales and where she finds her inspiration, illustrated by a portfolio of some of her designs.

The book is lavishly illustrated throughout with black and white photographs and drawings, and colour photographs of the clothes, cloth and soft-furnishings produced and sold by those mentioned in the text. It is a feast for the eyes and a long-term inspiration to all those interested in good design.

Sheila Jones

It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgement should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.

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