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Clò Hjaltland is a line of authentic, old world style, with a sometimes modern flair, fabric, blankets, clothing, and rugs from Under The Son Farm. Clò means cloth, and Hjaltland (prounounced Jaltland) is the Old Norse word for Shetland. Under The Son Farm has been raising breed typical, Traditional 1927®, fine fleece Shetland sheep since 2002. Traditional 1927 is the type of Shetland sheep that have been around for at least a millennium, not just since 1927! In 1927, the Shetland breed standard was drawn up to protect and preserve the fine fleece characteristics that had made Shetland wool famous. This famous wool was even documented in the 12th century as the wool of choice for the King of England’s fine hosiery. Clò Hjaltland fabric, clothing, and rugs are made up from wool from Shetland sheep that we have raised, or possibly from other Shetland breeders that we know. Sometimes the addition of other fine fibers such as angora, alpaca, and mohair, or other sheep wools are included to enhance the wonderful qualities of the naturally colored Shetland wool. Our sheep, fleeces, yarns, and handmade garments have won many awards over the years, attesting to the high quality of our products. Our yarns are handspun or millspun in small batches, preserving the unique characteristics and colors of the wool. Our fabrics are either handwoven in plain, twill, or other weaves designed to place emphasis on the colors and textures of the wool. The yarns are either single ply for a smoother, harder wearing fabric or a softer, lofty 2 ply. We also offer handmade felt made from our lusciously soft combed top that is perfect for making garments or as a lining.
Clò Hjaltland is uniquely handmade and one of a kind. Our Shetland sheep are lovingly cared for, hand sheared, the wool hand washed, and some of the yarns are handspun. The cloth is hand woven, hand fulled, and then, if needed for cloth, ironed by hand. The amount of time spent to produce this cloth is staggering. From the birth of the lamb to the final pressing of the cloth or the last stitch in a seam, each step is long in the making.