Pendula Cashmere Co. was established in 2012 with the aim of using traditional production methods to create high quality fabrics in a sustainable way. The acquisition of two run down Hattersley Looms found on the Isle of Lewis, an island off the north of Scotland - better known for weaving Harris Tweed, led to an 18 month restoration project to reanimate these manually powered antique machines to weave the highest quality cashmere fabrics.
The loom is powered purely through a pedal mechanism, driven by the weaver, which provides a gentle and smooth weaving action ideally suited to delicate, fine fibres such as cashmere. Our yarn is sourced locally through spinners who have a long heritage of spinning the finest Mongolian cashmere. The natural fibres and man-powered weaving mechanism mean the environmental impact of our production methods are drastically lower than other means of production.
Paul began working in the Huddersfield textile industry in 1978, training as a textile designer and learning every aspect of textile design and production. Over the years he has extensively researched many different craft and hand weaving techniques with a view to producing the highest quality cashmere scarves and fabrics. He has worked for world renowned fabric manufacturers including Dormeuil and Scabal, providing the finest worsted fabric for fashion houses such as; Celine, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren and Jean-Paul Guiltier, to name just a few...
Having grown up in West Yorkshire, it was only natural that Kearnan would follow in his father, Paul’s footsteps after being fascinated by the looms and machines during many visits to textiles mills as a youth. A professional rugby player by trade, Kearnan has played for Leeds, Sale Sharks and Wasps, and has represented England. Sharing his father’s passion for creating beautiful fabric, he spent his spare time away from sport learning the ins and outs of the textile industry whilst also completing two degrees. Away from the looms and cashmere, Kearnan is studying for a PhD in Psychiatry at the University of Oxford.
Pendula Cashmere Co. Limited.
58, Cliff Road, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, England, UK