Barrydale Hand Weavers has emerged from a proud, small-town venture to become a modern producer of exceptionally crafted hand woven products.
For owners Kate and Arran Bastable, the journey to Barrydale Hand Weavers has been both a long and a short one. The couple were visiting family in the tiny Karoo town of Barrydale when they came across the business. They instantly loved its products, and even wrapped their firstborn baby in a Barrydale Hand Weavers blanket. When the opportunity arose in 2018 for the couple to acquire the business from family friend Carol Morris, their commitment was swift and decisive, though not taken lightly: after all, it involved three small children recently moved from Scotland to South Africa, two significant career pivots, and one full reassessment of the pair’s priorities. In short, Barrydale Hand Weavers was born of an intentional decision to slow down.
And so the Barrydale Hand Weavers story stretches back even further: the creators of the textiles that we’re so proud to produce have been a part of the business for years before South African Kate and Scottish Arran introduced their unique talents and innovation into the mix. The makers themselves remain at the heart of the business, and are now better-enabled than ever to grow meaningfully within it.
Barrydale Hand Weavers was born of a conscious desire to slow down, and it’s this that’s allowed us to take a uniquely considered approach to craftmanship.
Barrydale Hand Weavers was born of a conscious desire to slow down, and it’s this that’s allowed us to take a uniquely considered approach to craftsmanship.
We’re about product, process, and people.
As a business, we’re concerned not only with the preservation of an ancient process that results in beautiful products, but also in the empowerment, employment and skills development of our team – because that’s where our future lies.
The makers themselves are the heart of Barrydale Hand Weavers.
We believe in empowerment, employment and skills development of our team – because that’s where our future lies.
Barrydale Hand Weavers is, as our name suggests, at its core about the craftspeople behind the products. Our team has been growing with the business for years, developing their skills and creating textiles we’re proud to share with our customers.
Today, we’re excited to place a renewed focus on upskilling weavers according to their individual needs and talents.