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Cornish knitwear brand Carnwear embraces heritage techniques, artisan processes and natural, biodegradable materials. All pieces are designed and crafted in West Cornwall, made in small batches to fit with demand.

Founded by maker Jessye Boulton in 2021, most of the pieces within the Carnwear collection are also hand crafted by Jessye who works from a small studio a few miles from Penzance. Occasionally, items are outsourced to be made a few miles further up the coast in St Ives. Here, items are produced using state of the art Shima Seiki wholegarment knitting machinery. 

Whether slowly crafted using hand powered vintage knitting machinery or made using digitally programmed industrial machines, all pieces are thoughtfully created using processes that leave little waste, with every item finished by hand.


Rooted in the heart of West Cornwall, Carnwear pieces often reflect the colours and textures of the surrounding landscape, from rugged moorland to dramatic coast. Transeasonal by nature, our pieces are crafted with longevity in mind, hopefully inspiring an appreciation for slow fashion, craft and worn textile design.

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STUDIO

Founder and designer/maker Jessye works from a small, industrious studio located a few miles from Penzance. Here, she works with a vintage industrial 7gg Dubied knitting machine (pictured left) and a domestic Brother knitting machine.

CONSCIOUSLY CRAFTED


Working with demand to only produce what is needed, garments and accessories are made in limited quantities, adding to the bespoke nature of the designs.

Garments are fully fashioned (shaped to size) on the machine and are often made to order, while accessories are made in small batches to fit with demand.



HAND FINISHED

All items are hand finished and gently washed to bring out the beautifully soft qualities in the natural yarns, before labels are hand sewn and product details hand written on each swing tag for a personal finish.

SLOWING DOWN

The making of each unique garment or accessory embraces time, skill and precision, resulting in refined pieces of knitwear that are often individual by nature. Pieces are made on hand powered knitting machinery using technique that leave little or zero waste. The ethos of slow fashion is at the heart of our practice, with each piece designed and made with longevity in mind.


LOCAL PRODUCTION

Small scale, local production, keeping traditional skills alive and drawing on a rich history of British knitwear manufacturing. Vintage industrial knitting machines are at the heart of our creations; the machines we work on have been in use for the past 80+ years across the UK.


SUSTAINABLE YARNS

Wool, silk, mohair, cotton... all natural and biodegradable and will gently return to the soil after a life of good wear.

 

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