A highly collectable late C19th Welsh blanket from the Crymych Area of North Pembrokeshire. An important trading area of the period revolving around Crymych Market. Like Tregaron & Bala Markets wool traders would travel long distances to buy & sell wool & finished product here before continuing onto trade far & wide.
This superb blanket is simple in its design. Undyed Cream ground in a tough & hard wearing Two & Two Twill ( Herringbone Twill) with Black criss crossing in tramlines creating a simple but effective over check.
Hand spun fine yarn of splendid quality. Hand woven on a narrow width loom. Hand sewn centre seam & repaired machine ends. Clean & sound.
Rural mills & independent weavers would obtain at least some of their fleece for spinning from their customers. A barter system that existed well into the Mid Twentieth century in some Mills. Farmers would bring their fleece to the weaver after shearing, where it would be graded & weighed for different applications. ( weaving, knitting, blending) Poor short staple would be mixed with breeds of a finer , longer staple in order that it could be spun, dyed & ultimately woven or used for knitting. Customers might then order their own product or choose from a limited stock. Perhaps a pair of Cream blankets, A carthen or a few yards of flannel to make up their clothing. Some more entrepreneurial weavers might offer quilts ( from Flannel scraps) Knitting yarn or socks, Betgwns & shirts. Often as not there would be little or no money changing hands. The surplus fleece exchanged would be payment in part at least & form the basis for that establishments raw material. Making their own product to sell at markets such as Crymych.
Measures 70" x 70" ( 180cm x 180cm)