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PROCESS | ORIGIN

 

We are a small batch knitwear studio creating timeless garments and accessories, crafted using natural, breathable, biodegradable yarns. Founded by maker Jessye Boulton in 2021, a lot of the pieces within the Carnwear collection are hand crafted in house from our studio near Penzance, or made just up the road in St Ives where our super fine pieces are created on a state of the art Shima Seiki wholegarment knitting machine.


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, and due to the natural yarns we use, will return to the soil after a good life of wear.

MATERIALS
We choose to work with natural yarns not only to minimise environmental impact, but also becuase they really are the best thing to wear next to your skin. A few amazing traits of wool and other natural fibres include being naturally temperature regulating, breathable, and biodegradable. Many of the yarns we use are spun in the UK, although some of them are sourced from or spun in Europe or further afield. We also love to work with locally sourced British wool or alpaca and generally one or two pieces from our collection are made using pure British wool.

A QUALITY FINISH

All items are hand finished and gently washed to bring out the soft, tactile qualities of the yarns.  Labels are then sewn on and product details hand written on each swing tag for a personal touch.

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THE STUDIO
Our small, industrious studio is nestled in the heart of West Cornwall a few miles from Penzance. Here, we work on a vintage industrial 7gg Dubied knitting machine and a domestic Brother standard guage knitting machine. 

CONSCIOUSLY CRAFTED

Whether slowly crafted using hand powered vintage knitting machinery, or knitted on digitally programmed industrial machines, all pieces are thoughtfully created using processes that leave little waste. Our garments are fully fashioned on the machine, meaning the garment pannels are knitted to shape, a process eliminating any need for cutting out of the fabric.

SLOWING DOWN

The making of each unique garment or accessory embraces processes that require time, skill and precision. The ethos of slow fashion is at the heart of our practice, with each piece designed and crafted with longevity in mind.

KEEPING TRADITIONS ALIVE

The Swiss made Dubied machine we work on had been well loved and used by others in the industry before arriving in our studio in 2020. Having been in use for over 80 years, it's an amazingly robust machine that continues to work like a dream. Britain has a wonderfully rich histry of knitwear and clothing manufacturing, and we are proud to be a little part of thisi history,  keeping these small scale, local and traditional production processes alive.

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