Horsehair weaving takes its roots in the middle of the 18th century, when this fabric was developed from the abundant supply of horsehair from working horses who’s tails were cropped. Woven with a cotton or silk warp and a horsehair weft, horsehair fabric proved to be a very durable, long lasting material which was perfectly suited for furniture.
Horsehair weaving is a craft rich in history and almost as fleeting. There are only a handful of companies that manufacture horsehair textiles today on a commercial level and even less who manufacture horsehair fabric on an artistic level on their own personal loon, none with personally supplied horsehair.
I am currently in the process of rediscovery of this historic craft. My goal is to be able to provide horsehair woven keepsakes from the hair of your own horse. Woven one hair at a time on my loom into small swatches of fabric that can be be utilized into small personalized goods. I still need to do more practice weaves and product testing.
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