Melin Tregwynt is a small white-washed mill that nestles into a wooded valley on the Pembrokeshire coast, in south west Wales. A mill has stood on this site since the 17th century, and has been owned by the same family since 1912.
The designs are frequently based on traditional or archive patterns, often reimagined in new colourways to give a contemporary feel. The colourways are created as limited edition runs. The blankets and other textiles are the outcome of a way of thinking, of working and of living handed down through the generations. The skills and knowledge of the team, both past and present keep the tradition of Welsh weaving alive.
Eifion and Amanda, the current family owners decided in summer 2022 to mark the 110th anniversary of family purchasing the mill by turning it into an employee owned trust, with benefits shared equally between each of the 42 employees.
Wool has been woven into the history of Wales since the Middle Ages
In the early 1900s small rural mills worked with their local farming communities, processing the raw fleeces, carding and spinning yarn for weaving and knitting and also weaving fabric for everyday clothing or weaving blankets, ruga and the signature Carthenni double weaves for household use. The link to local farms was broken in the 1950s, laws were changed, wool become a global industry and it was no longer possible to buy local or Welsh yarn.
Today most soft lambswool is imported from Australia or New Zealand. Melin Tregwynt is a partner in the Cambrian wool project that is working towards reintroducing the use Welsh yarns. We hope that soon they will be producing fabrics that are designed and woven in Wales out of Welsh yarn.