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6 thoughts on “Wool and Brexit

  1. I want you to stay!

    We have to cooperate and not to separate, and it is stupid to think that Britain’s economy would do better without EU…

    remember Napoleon’s “continental system” ? It was bad for both sides and I think we all should learn from history, not repeat it ;)(

    Cheers, Connie from EU-Germany now in EU-Estonia!

  2. I live in Canada, where the wool industry is largely dominated by American companies, and LYS have a difficult time sourcing decent products at affordable prices. Many of the biggest, most well-known companies don’t even bother to establish a distribution centre here. Small local producers exist but they have to do their own marketing. ( A notable exception to this is Koigu. ) Canada is in the process of creating a trade agreement with the EU, but will that improve our access to European wool? The NAFTA “free” trade agreement in North America has not improved the flow of affordable wool on this continent. I suspect that wool does not figure highly in the sights of the people who draft these agreements. I applaud you for your exceptionally well written letter to that company. I resonated deeply with this sentence from your blog above: “how we can correspond in wool across cultures; learn from one another; share skills and develop new projects together.” What I hear in that is that it’s almost going to take a kind of counter-culture or alternative economy that will function independently from the politics of fear and barriers and exclusion. That’s my take on the politics of wool, that it’s in a realm beyond politics. Keep up the good work!

  3. As a US wool grower and from the view from my pasture, having to develop products on my own, partnering with mills, doing my own marketing…And combining that experience with that of my past….being a yarn shop owner, and then for ten years as hand dyer and owner of a wholesale yarn company….It is all about viability and holding onto the unique qualities and traditions of wool grown different areas of the world. The EU started life as a trade agreement much like NAFTA. The problems arose when too much power was put in the hands of too few and the promise of easier, more prolific trade never materialized. The small grower was hurt the most and national identities and the value of locally grown fiber and traditions suffered also. Everything seemed to get politicized and homogenized into an international Globalist movement and countries lost control of their local governance, with decisions, like tax law, being made countries away. I think if local wool traditions are to survive and be assured, it should not be homogenized or generalized, much like countries. Each has a purpose and a contribution. While I like the idea of countries developing trade agreements and they are necessary for international commerce and to open up markets, each country should not have to sacrifice their national identity and self governance to do so. I love learning about all the European wool traditions you have highlighted here. It is their unique character that is so wonderful and facinating and valuable. If we can find a way as consumers, to keep their traditions alive, I am all for it. Sharing via social media, putting a spot light on them is huge and this grassroots, organic approach can be amazing in preserving these traditions. I just don’t think overreaching globalization is the way to do it.

  4. Hi Kathie! Your comment is really interesting – I do very much agree that we don’t want homogeneity between places (or people). However, I’m not sure that countries are necesssarily the solid things that differentiate that. In Europe, certainly, many country boundaries have fluctuated enormously, and sometimes there are many more differences within countries that between them. The boundaries are political constructs that depend on who has had power, who has won wars – who has married who!
    My observation regarding North America, and indeed the USA is that this might be true too. What are your thoughts?

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