Abenaia is a familiar project of local agroecological dynamization raised in the woods of São Mamede Natural Park (Marvão, Portugal). Through the use of Portuguese merino wool we try to involve the shepherds and recover the artisan work of wool processing. Buying wool to local shepherds makes their work more sustainable, sheep are free range and mulesing is not practiced.
We have an artisanal yarn that is scoured, teased, carded and spun by hand. This yarn can can be made by request.
Also, in 2020 we brought to the nearest mill a special batch of merino yarn, this resulted in a woolen spun yarn that is non superwash, not bleached and have no silicone based softeners, it is a 2 ply yarn with 200m per 50g. Yarn is sold in natural colours or dyed with plants that are mainly found in the surroundings, availability of colors depends on the seasons. All the water used in the process comes from a natural spring in our land, and it is reused in the garden. Dying is made in a wood stove that it is used for heating the house and, wood is the result of forest maintenance.
Collaborations are very welcomed and we have bases for dyers, contact us by e-mail.
You can buy the yarn here: