ILES SHETLAND - ECOSSE
They seems to be unanimous in Shetland. The role of this private institution, led by Derek in blue of work, a team of supportive knitters and a handful of handlers, is central: buying and selling wool local. In a warehouse in the heights of Lerwick, the shepherds lay down the tonsures of their sheep. Heaps weighed, estimated, sorted. Quality and color determine prices. Expertise guaranteed. The Real Shetland Wool is then sent to England where she is carefully washed, combed and spun before returning at the source in the form of yarns. “Knitters” (following a serious system of protection of patterns) and weavers come to get their supplies here. Sometimes their production will come back to be sold in turn.