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My name is Christian and I guess you could say that my business started 13 years ago with an eclipse in Turkey. My original reason for going was to view this incredible event, but the tradition and skill of the people I met there is what kept me coming back. Since that fateful trip, I have been working with people in Turkey who spin and dye wool from native breeds, completely by hand.

For roughly the past decade, I have been working with this group of people in Turkey who spin yarn from wool using traditional methods. I'm really excited to be bringing this yarn to Etsy because of the history and craft involved. According to archeological evidence, these sheep were among the first to be domesticated by humans roughly 10,000 years ago in present day Turkey and Iran. This pedigree makes the sheep special because of the unique lanolin content which affects how the dyes beautifully…

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  • Joined March 21, 2012

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Wool, Natural dyes, Yarn, Rugs, Kilims, Pillows

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ChristianRathbone
Handwoven textiles, new and old.

About

My name is Christian and I guess you could say that my business started 13 years ago with an eclipse in Turkey. My original reason for going was to view this incredible event, but the tradition and skill of the people I met there is what kept me coming back. Since that fateful trip, I have been working with people in Turkey who spin and dye wool from native breeds, completely by hand.

For roughly the past decade, I have been working with this group of people in Turkey who spin yarn from wool using traditional methods. I'm really excited to be bringing this yarn to Etsy because of the history and craft involved. According to archeological evidence, these sheep were among the first to be domesticated by humans roughly 10,000 years ago in present day Turkey and Iran. This pedigree makes the sheep special because of the unique lanolin content which affects how the dyes beautifully interact with the wool. Dyers use only traditional vegetation sources such as madder root, eggplant, walnut, chamomile, and indigo.

What you get is a really great functional yarn that carries pieces of the past into the present. You are also helping to support these people (and me!) and their ancient craft.

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