Our mission is to create beautiful hand-woven products to modern precision standards. We strive to preserve the traditional craft of hand weaving while empowering, employing and developing the skills of our team.
Barrydale Hand Weavers was born of a conscious desire to slow down, and it’s this that’s allowed us to take a uniquely considered approach to craftsmanship.
We’re about product, process, and people. As a business, we’re concerned not only with the preservation of an ancient process that results in
beautiful products, but also in the empowerment, employment and skills development of our team – because that’s where our future lies.
Barrydale Hand Weavers has emerged from a proud, small-town venture to become a modern producer of exceptionally crafted hand woven products.
For owners Kate and Arran Bastable, the journey to Barrydale Hand Weavers has been both a long and a short one. The couple were visiting family in the tiny Karoo town of Barrydale when they came across the business. They instantly loved its products, and even wrapped their firstborn baby in a
Barrydale Hand Weavers blanket. When the opportunity arose in 2018 for the couple to acquire the business from family friend Carol Morris, their commitment was swift and decisive, though not taken lightly: after all, it involved three small children recently moved from Scotland to South Africa, two significant career pivots, and one full reassessment of the pair’s priorities. In short, Barrydale Hand Weavers was born of an intentional decision to slow down.
And so the Barrydale Hand Weavers story stretches back even further: the creators of the textiles that we are so proud to produce have been a part of the business for years before South African Kate and Scottish Arran introduced their unique talents and innovation into the mix. The makers themselves remain at the heart of the business, and are now better-enabled than ever to grow meaningfully within it.
We make homeware products such as rugs, mats, table linen, towels, blankets and throws as well as some apparel such as scarves and shawls. All of our products are made from locally grown cotton (from Southern Africa) which is spun for us in KZN, South Africa. All our products are hand-woven
and then sewn, pre-shrunk and then individually checked for quality. This ensures that you receive a perfect product from us every time, made to modern precision standards using traditional methods.
Our employees are our biggest asset. We employee mainly women and believe in ethical and fair trade principals. The team at Barrydale Hand Weavers is a happy one. We work well together and celebrate our diversity, because it is our diversity that makes us stronger together.
Telephone: +27 (0)28 572 1488
Cell: +27(0)72 864 0313
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