autumn coloured beech tree leaves

BLOG #11 Còsagach

Colsie / kol-zee /, or Còsagach, is an innate Scottish term that describes the act of embracing autumn, and the seasonal evenings, as the night draws in and the simple pleasures of warmth and cosiness indoors.

It is not surprising really that the Scots, like the other Northern European & Nordic countries, have their own tradition for embracing colder months through autumn and winter. It is all about celebrating the cosy moments, with roaring fires & snuggling with your loved ones.

According to VisitScotland, còsagach is “based on an old Scottish word for feeling snug, sheltered, and warm.” Scotland is known for its stunning scenery, from mountains to beaches, woodland and rivers. There are also many ways to enjoy Scotland in the autumn and winter from inside warm log cabins and cottages.

Your essential kit for colsie moments:

Candles

Books

Roaring fire

Warm socks

Hot tea

Oversized sweater

Outdoor elements

Cosy blanket / travelwrap / shawl.

Let us all head out, enjoy the striking seasonal changes and embrace winter’s darkness and enjoy our very own colsie moments.

bride and groom in barn wedding

BLOG #10 Autumn Weddings

Like love and the unknowable autumn gradually comes into being.  A growing sense that something magical is happening starts to become apparent and more visible day by day.

The special colour palette of autumn is expressive and vivid, the last hurrah from nature before winter. Autumn weddings have a special feel in this fleeting moment.

The majestic nature of autumn can be fully appreciated and celebrated with the addition of an essential bridal shawl or wrap. In finest knitted cashmere you will be warm, with the versatility, balance and beauty to adapt all through your special day.

Enjoy the stunning misty mornings, wonderful low-sun days, and the crisp clear evenings with the lightness and comfort that only our special shawls can bring.

bruach ethical black cashmere travelwrap

Bruach Cashmere Blog #9 Slow and Fast Fashion

“Fast fashion is harming the planet”, MPs say….. The BBC reports today of the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee.

“The committee’s report to government could include a call for the fashion industry to create less pollution, a demand for longer life for garments and a ban on dumping clothes in landfill.”

Its amazingly positive and interesting that MP’s are trying to address and find solutions to the growing problems that fast fashion brings to us all. Let’s be clear the problems aren’t surmountable and through positive design and production we can offer more positive solution filled choices to our customers.

Among the MP’s questions to the big retailers were the following, but I’ve also added how Bruach does it.

  • How do you create less pollution? At Bruach our ethical collection uses yarn that reduces energy by 76%, water consumption by 89% and CO2 by 96%. Our environmentally friendly packaging is created in an iSO14001 paper mill. We are also incepting a carbon off set program for all manufacture, transport and delivery as we work towards carbon balance and a carbon neutral goal.
  • Longer life of garments? Bruach garments if cared for will become softer and better with time, extending their life. Handmade using the finest materials helps with this creating a sympathetic and non stressed process.
  • Do you pay the living wage and how do you ensure child labour is not used in factories? Bruachs artisans are located in the Scottish Borders and Fife, working with heritage skills have been perfected over generations. Our yarns are made on the shores of Loch Leven or in Tuscany to the highest of standards.
  • Do you use recycled materials? Bruach does, we are one of the few to work around the globe with ReVerso ethical yarns.
  • How long do you keep clothes, and how do you encourage recycling? All of our garments are made to order so there zero waste in stock, all the garments we make can be returned at the end of the life, repaired or recycled via other ReVerso programs to make new yarns. These are certified and accredited systems.
  • Do you incinerate unsold or returned stock?
  • How are you reducing the flow of microfibres into the sea? Our garments tend to lose little in terms of fibre, if any is shed in the pilling process these can be removed by hand, however all our materials are organic natural fibres and not synthetic and such will biodegrade very quickly. Typically in soil they will lose 95% of mass within 15 weeks, by example Plastic may take 1000-1,000,000 years.

To see why and how we do it, take a look at our Intarsia and Leopard homepage feature, which shows images of our artisans, how we work and the way we make our ethical travel wraps.

Intarsia

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45745242#

leopard print cashmere travel wrap scarf

Bruach Cashmere Blog #8 Leopard

Through a desire to innovate and to illustrate our skills we have created a contemporary leopard print travel wrap, combined with the finest Italian ReVerso™ cashmere yarn, to create the world’s only ethical cashmere leopard print travel wrap.

 

Bruach Cashmere is unique in the way we combine both ethical production by our artisans and our choice of ethical ReVerso™ cashmere yarn. We have selected two colour ways to compliment your autumn winter wardrobe; traditional leopard colours with sand & browns, and black with an ivory and grey pattern.

 

The Leopard Print collection is created by hand intarsia, not machine. Intarsia ‘inlaid by hand’ achieves a quality and pattern that a machine can’t produce.

model wearing a brown ethical cashmere travel wrap and silk blouse

Bruach Cashmere Blog #7 Ethical Cashmere

There is a lot of focus right now on sustainable fashion, circular fashion, ethical fashion, and at Bruach Cashmere we wanted to address this, and create a truly ethical cashmere travel wrap.

We don’t create garments which are exclusively seasonal, nor with obsolescence in mind. Our Bruach Ethical wraps, whilst functional for travel, are an accessory you can use season after season, for travel and commuting. Our garments are handcrafted in the Scottish Borders, using hand intarsia skills, and bespoke for each customer.

The ReVerso™ cashmere yarn takes the pre-consumer waste from the mills in Italy, collects and sorts the fibres, and then spun with a tiny bit of extra fine merino to reinforce the cashmere fibre. The result is a super soft re-engineered cashmere yarn, made out of recycled cashmere – considerably reducing waste and energy in the process. All the waste generated in the mill from the production of the travelwraps is returned to be used within the manufacturing process.

We are excited about working together; mill, artisans and clients, to close the fashion loop, developing colours and designs as our community grows.