This color chart presents the full up-to-date color range of the yarn 1880.
1880 is a fair, local, traced, ethical yarn, made exclusively out of wool from Ile-de-France breed sheep farms installed around the Fonty spinning mill, with which a fair trade system has been set up.
After shearing and collecting the fleeces, the wool is washed in the Massif Central mountains then pre-combed in the North of France (in the last two washing and combing factories still in operation in France). It is then greased, carded, spun, twisted, degreased, dyed, vaporized and balled in Creuse at the Filature Fonty.
This process without intermediary, entirely managed by the Filature, allows a reasoned collaboration with each of the actors. The 1880 yarn is part of the overall eco-responsible approach deployed by Filature Fonty, and in particular meets the objective of revitalizing the French and local wool industry through concrete, committed and respectful actions for the future. It also aims to rediscover other fibres of ovine origin, with other characteristics and qualities, in a world of knitting wool dominated and standardized by "all-merino".
The name 1880 was chosen on the occasion of the 140th anniversary of the creation of the Filature Fonty. It was at this time that the first synthetic pigments appeared, which revolutionized European textiles. The colors of the 1880 range are inspired by those that were in vogue in those years, and that can be found in paintings from the second half of the 19th century, for example at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.
< br>1880 is a carded yarn twisted in 2 strands, elastic and bulky, which is knitted with # 4.5 or 5 needles. It is pleasant to the touch, and has little to envy to merino wool yarns . It washes by hand, preferably with an organic soap, and dries flat.
The pages of this color chart are manually handcrafted by the team.