Yarn & Fiber
Miles of Wool to celebrate coronation of King Charles III
Wool Celebrates the Coronation of King Charles III
As a community initiative, the neighbourhood of Savile Row, Clifford Street, Old Burlington Street and parts of St James’s will celebrate The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III with over one mile of wool bunting.
Handmade by apprentice tailors in each company, the bunting uses red, white, and blue wool Melton fabric from AW Hainsworth, a fabric historically used in the iconic red military uniforms. The bunting is fixed with wool rope, from Sustainable Rope – joint winner of the Innovation in Wool Award 2022. The bunting is re-usable and will be used for future events.
The displays will be installed and feature from 24th April through to May.
“Savile Row has had a very long relationship with The Royal Household. To celebrate The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III, the cutters and tailors put their skills to work to create bespoke woollen bunting from remnant Melton cloth from Hainsworth – a British mill with a remarkable heritage across?the decades and especially with the military uniforms,” said Anda Rowland, Chair of Savile Row Bespoke.
Wool features in virtually every part of the Coronation
Historically wool has been used in many Royal events. For the coronation of King Charles III on 6 May 2023, the 6,000 military, naval and airforce personnel from the UK and Commonwealth will wear uniforms made from 15 miles of wool uniform fabric.
In addition, there will be formal dress, regalia and vestments, red carpets, wool-filled saddles and blankets, and numerous other applications for essentials on the day. “These will all have been crafted in sustainable wools from across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth,” said Sir Nicholas Coleridge CBE DL, Chairman of the Campaign for Wool.
A Royal Campaign
The Campaign for Wool is King Charles’s personal initiative as Prince of Wales, launched to assist wool growers from throughout the Commonwealth to challenge the rise of toxic synthetic fibres in the worlds of fashion and the built environment. As Patron, over the past decade of the Campaign, the?then Prince of Wales has visited numerous regions of the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa to engage with wool growers on how best to explain the distinct environmental excellence and ecological benefits of wool in all its end uses.
To learn more about the Campaign for Wool and its activites, visit http://www.campaignforwool.org
Watch the making of the wool bunting in this video from Campaign for Wool.