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Dutch wool - The Knitwit Stable

15 August 2019

The Knitwit Stable believes that it is possible to process and produce wool in a sustainable way. An important step to attain this goal is to bring the manufacturing of wool back again to the Netherlands on a small scale. In collaboration with Joe Merino, we have developed a traditional Dutch men's sweater with wool from Dutch sheep and knitted in the Netherlands.

Masterclasses for professionals

The Knitwit Stable aims to make transparency possible on a small scale in every link in the wool chain. From keeping Merino sheep and Angora goats in an animal-friendly way and the sustainable re-use of existing Dutch wool, to processing it and making it into a local, fairly produced garment. We share this knowledge with professionals in the fashion industry: from students and teachers to designers and   

product developers. In doing so, we want to give future designers access to sustainable, innovative applications of wool. This will enable them to make well-informed, conscious choices when using wool in their work. There are fifteen manual knitting machines in our knitting workshop, five of which are industrial. On these machines, we give demonstrations to fashion professionals and provide insight into the complete processing of wool into a fair end product.

Farm and knitting workshop in Baambrugge

The Knitwit Stable is a farm with a knitting studio in Baambrugge. Free-range Merino sheep and Angora goats are living on our eleven-hectare grounds. We use the coats of our animals for our yarns. Designers willing to work with fair wool can purchase these yarns from us. We get the wool of Dutch Texel sheep from local farmers and sheep farmers. With this wool we study sustainable applications, with the ambition that this will enable us to retain the use of existing Dutch wool within our borders.

Dutch wool

Besides creating our own label TREK & TREES, we are looking for partnerships with the industry. This  fall we will launch a traditional Dutch men's sweater in collaboration with the Dutch brand Joe Merino. Thus, we close the chain and show in practice what we want to impart on new generations: the processing of fair wool into a sustainable, locally made and fairly priced end product. In this way, we give back to the wool the value it deserves: a natural luxury product, produced with respect for humans, animals and the environment.