Wool with a purpose
It could be said that Sweden is the country of rare breed sheep. It’s a fact that thirteen out of fourteen genuine Swedish breeds are considered endangered and held in conservation programs. It’s also an undeniable fact that a few of these breeds are on the edge of extinction and labeled as “critical” or “at risk” by The Swedish Board of Agriculture and FAO*.
With the start of industrialism in early 1900’s, demands on sheep and their wool changed. The multipurpose animals that cleared the lands, gave meat and wool for both clothes and rugs were set aside in favor of the larger modern breeds. Mills sought soft, uniform wool and the meat industry wanted larger bodies for meat production. Even if some Swedish breeds today have gotten closer to meet those demands, none did it then. And so they went down in numbers. Industrialism could have been the end of day for many of these breeds. If it wasn’t for a number of headstrong farmers that refused to abandon the sheep breeds that in many cases had been on the farm for centuries.
Most – but not all, of the Swedish sheep breeds are small sized creatures guarded with a thick dual coated fleece that varies heavily as to wool types and structure. Looking at the demands of the early 1900’s – not to speak of today’s industry, you could say that these sheep are everything the industry doesn’t want. At the same time, they’re everything a small-scale farmer and a hand spinner would ever ask and wish for.
Those hardy breeds are often very healthy and are the perfect land clearers as they’re particularly fond of leaves and bark. They also produce the kind of wool that gives anyone who hand spins or felts endless opportunities to experiment. Every fleece is unique. Though it’s true that many of those breeds are dual coated and have wool with great attitude, you will also find fleeces with the softest and finest of wools – quite often in the one and the same fleece.
Each of these breeds has its own history. There are success stories like the Gotland sheep, a modern breed developed in 1920’s known for its shiny long locks, that produce both good meat bodies and tremendous pelts, a breed that has been spread to UK, US, Australia and New Zeeland. But there’s also the Fjällnäs sheep, a breed from the very north of Sweden re-discovered in early 2000’s that has decreased in numbers lately and today struggles for survival with less than 50 individuals left.
With a great and growing interest for wool, I soon found out that the breeds I’m used to seldom would be found on the map of sheep. And there I was sitting with fourteen breeds of sheep that not many have heard of, with wool that’s not like many others – and nobody knew about it. And so, Swedish Fibre was born.
So where does the wool comes from? Well, some of it is from my own farm 43 miles (70 km) from Gothenburg on the Swedish West Coast as I keep a growing flock of rare breed Värmland sheep. I also work I work closely with suppliers around the country to be able to supply as many of the Swedish breeds as possible. That also means I, in most cases, will be able to provide you the name or ID number of the sheep, together with the information of the farm that delivered the wool. Most of my suppliers run small scale farms, a few are professional breeders, most have their sheep as a hobby. What ties them all together is the fact that all of them loves their sheep and think they have the best breed there is.
What about the headstrong farmers? Well, they’re still out there. As late as in 2014, a “new” breed was taken into gene bank and conservation program. This breed is till awaiting an official status from The Swedish Board of Agriculture. It’s called Tabacktorp sheep.
Founder of Swedish Fibre
*FAO - Food and Agriculture Oranisation of the United Nations. fao.org
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