Wool was historically the most important and widespread of Wales's industries. The picturesque village of Dre-fach Felindre in the beautiful Teifi valley was once the centre of a thriving woollen industry, earning the nickname 'The Huddersfield of Wales'.
Shirts and shawls, blankets and bedcovers, woollen stockings and socks were all made here, and sold in the surrounding countryside - and to the rest of the world.
Located in the historic former Cambrian Mills, the National Wool Museum is a special place with a spellbinding story to tell. Re-opened in 2004 following major re-development, this flagship museum is a new and exciting place to visit with something for everyone to enjoy.
Follow the process from fleece to fabric and visit the sympathetically restored listed mill buildings. There you can see historic machinery and brand new features such as the glass roofed courtyard.
The Textile Gallery displays aspects of the National Flat Textile Collection for the first time.
A selection of outfits from the Celtic Couture (by Dr Sheila Harri) collection created during the 1960 and 1970s are on display. Made from flannel purchased here at Cambrian Mills, this is a collection borne from a passion for Welsh flannel. It stemmed from fond childhood memories of a close family and desire to retain a Welsh identity when far from home. These outfits put a twist on traditional Welsh cloth. The collection includes outfits typical of the times, but with a difference – flannel hot pants and mini dresses, to a ‘sporty’ look and a Mabinogi inspired collection.
The Museum's friendly staff are always on hand to give demonstrations and answer questions.