So, how cool are these vibrant sheep? They were colored this way to help raise awareness for London’s Wool Week, a campaign created by Prince Charles to help boost the UK’s wool industry, which has been flagging lately due to decreased demand and falling prices.
And before you get up in arms about the dyed sheep (like me), you can relax. I looked it up. They were dyed with non-toxic vegetable dyes, which easily wash off.
Wool Week kicked yesterday, with the sunshine-yellow sheep parading through Savile Row. For what purpose?
Well, Prince Charles hopes that the event will help raise awareness for the wool industry. Prince Charles is a committed environmentalist, and believes strongly that wool is an eco-friendly fiber that not only is kind to the planet, but also helps support independent farmers. Also, most wool is turned into handmade products like sweaters and socks. And here at Earth Divas, that’s something we fully support!
On one level I whole-heartedly agree with Prince Charles. Wool is, for the most part, an eco friendly fiber. Unlike cotton, it doesn’t require pesticides or herbicides to grow. But I do have issues with many farmer’s shearing practices. Wool is meant to keep sheep warm. When it’s shorn off, especially in winter, sheep are left with no protection against the cold and damp. Many die of exposure.
The event looks like a lot of fun. There are going to be tons of workshops about wool, and there’s even going to be a group graffiti knitting workshop. I have no idea what that is, but it sounds really awesome!
Filed under: Uncategorized on October 13th, 2010