Saturday, 1 December 2012

Reading... N.E.P.S


With N.E.P.S., modern Irish accessories brand Stighlorgan present a love letter to a material very close to their proud hearts, Donegal nepped yarn. The absorbing publication explores the infamous yarn with  a combination of stunning full bleed photography and seductive stories that instantly transport the reader to the North West of Ireland where all of the brand's soft accessories are made.

Donegal yarn is so often imitated but the true textile is still made in the place of its namesake. Like many of us, the team at Stighlorgan feel strongly about the preservation of this original art and I'm sure that this publication will melt a few more hearts and stir further passion. It is not just that the speckled yarn is indigenous to the area, these intricately prepared woolen yarns represent the area. The spectral speckles reflect the colours that appear on the rolling hills, they talk of the communities that dot the landscape and it is Donegal's heritage. As it shows glimpses of the masterful processes behind it and talks of the stories that make it, N.E.P.S is a celebration of Donegal yarn.


Having been so fortunate to experience the process of Harris Tweed first hand, this document and in particular Eoin O Conaill's factory photography leaves me itching to travel to Donegal.

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