Weavers on the move
The Barrydale Cellar is in a prime location in town but it has been under-utilised over the last few years, with wine production stopping and the closing of all off-sales.
“Moving our weaving business to the Cellar is just the start” said an excited Arran Bastable, owner of Barrydale Hand Weavers.
“There are great opportunities here for developing the site along with our landlord, Joseph Barry Distillers.”
Joseph Barry Distillers intends to open a tasting room and off sales again in line with the hand weavers move in April, lockdown restriction willing!
More looms means that more weavers will be trained, increasing local employment. This is wonderful news as it was not that long ago that people thought this craft would die out completely.
More good news is that several new retailers across the country confirmed that they would be stocking the exquisite hand crafted textiles.
This includes partnering with:
Groot Constantia Trust
Boschendal Wine Farm
And the unique and eloquent Karoo Farmbox Range
A brief history of significant hand weaver moves:
Born in July 2007 in what is today what is the Belanti Theatre and Bioscope at the Karoo Art Hotel, the unique business moved around Barrydale as it gained popularity. From the Belanti operations moved to a building on the R62, across the road from the Donkey Shed (Jamtarts) before it found a home in what is The Makers’ Brew Brewery today. The final – and we trust the penultimate – move was to the weavery in De Kock street.