The National Wool Museum
The National Wool Museum is dedicated to the woollen industry which, for a time, was the most important industry in Wales. The village of Dre-fach Felindre in the Teifi valley was once the headquarters of a thriving woollen industry. The area was nicknamed 'The Huddersfield of Wales' after the Yorkshire town which was the centre of the English wool trade.
The museum is located in what was once the Cambrian Mill and has a display of restored woollen mill buildings, machinery, and textiles.
Visitors can follow the whole process of producing wool; from the shearing of the sheep and sorting of the fleece, the willowing and scouring, right through to the carding and spinning of the wool.
The machinery on show ranges from basic hand shears through to large Spinning Mules that were still in use when the mill closed down. One example of a spinning machine is the Great Wheel. This is a wooden machine of the type that was in use in the 13th century.
There are many samples of textiles that have been produced from wool and flannel that were made at the Cambrian Mill. One of the collections is the Celtic Couture which was created during the 1960s and 1970s. The outfits include flannel “hot pants”, miniskirts and a Mabinogi inspired collection.
As examples of more traditional woollen clothing there is a collection of shawls, traditional flannel shirts, quilts, including some produced by Cambrian Mills during the 1960s and 1970s, and blankets from other Welsh woollen mills.
National Wool Museum
Dre-Fach Felindre near Newcastle Emlyn
01559 370 929