On a remote island miles off the coast of Scotland, Mati Ventrillon makes hotly sought-after Fair Isle sweaters according to traditions that are centuries old.
Made is a series of simple, gorgeous short films that demonstrate how everyday luxury objects are made, and honor the process and artisans behind them.
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I love crocheting... I crochet most of the things like scarf, bags, caps etc n sell them online... If anyone interested to buy purely handmade things then reply me out i ll be very happy to sell you...
"Softest wool" on what criteria? Are there any scientific numbers to support this claim? Or it is supposed to be best just because white people are making it? Best wines, best cheese, best pasta, best this best that.. European propaganda.
Nicely made jumpers but not as authentic as the film would have you believe. Lots of slick marketing going on for her "brand". There are those on the island who disagree with her using machines as Fair Isle jumpers are traditionally hand knit, not made on machines. The hand knit ones are the real deal and will cost $600 and have a waiting list of 3 years to get one. Funny how she never mentions them LOL
greenknitter The documentary was about my work not about the island therefore the focus on my things and not on what other knitters do in the island. I will advice you to check the information you got about the making of garments in Fair Isle, because all the other knitters make their garments using the same machines. Hollie Shaw and Triona Thomson from ‘Fair Isle made in Fair Isle’ and Elizabeth Riddiford from ‘Exclusively Fair Isle’ all knit with machines; in fact the island has been producing garments with hand frame knitting machines for over 30 years. I am the only business offering a truly bespoke service and the only wanting to grow and expand to create a made in Fair Isle label in order to make the real product accessible to most markets. Since the documentary we now have 2 new projects, Fair Isle Artisans which focuses on passing on skills and creating competitive jobs in the island and MV Collection, making the garments accessible to younger people and promoting Shetland wool commercially.
Fair enough but how much more would they be if the entire process was done by hand? How many could she produce in a "season?"
Not to mention, she is in no way hiding the method of production and I would bid, using this machine might make for a more consistent product. You might better answer that question of course, I have NO idea what it takes to make one by hand.
What would be a fair price for the "sweater" she showed at 160 "euro"...if made completely by hand?
OH..im not commenting all the above to try and "argue" with you, I'm just curious AND, in awe of the process:)
Keeps them in it you mean. How much of a $5 sweater do you think does to the person who makes it? watch some documentaries about the wretched lives and working conditions of those slaving for 12 hours every day in third world sweat shops before talking such nonsense. I have and most barely have enough food to eat and often have to choose between eating and having medicine for their children just so you and other Westerners can have your crappily made cheap clothing.
+mcgeebag1 "Ventrillon – a French-Venezuelan designer who has been working on Fair Isle for eight years – lives on the island’s far southwestern corner. She knits and sells bespoke Fair Isle sweaters, continuing a tradition passed on by generations before her."
Lukasz S I lived in Orkney for a few years (just south of Shetland). The Shetland accent is a mix of a Scottish and Norwegian accent, which is not surprising given its location. Her accent is fairly typical of the Shetland accent.