Our studio is high in the Appalachian mountains, at the very western
end of North Carolina, almost to Tennessee. Spring always brings a
profusion and variety of Trillium flowers to amaze and delight us.
These flowers have three of everything — leaves, sepal, petals.
Since we began as three weavers, we chose their name for our weaving
business. Many things have changed since Trillium Handwoven Clothing
started in 1978, but the spring bloom charms and sustains us every
Everything we make is handwoven. We wind our warps (the length-wise,
striped, set of threads that goes on the loom first) by hand, each
one at least a little bit different from all the others. And we weave
with a hand-shuttle, building the fabric a pick at a time. We hem-stitch
the fringe at either end by hand, on-loom. When the warp comes off
the loom, the fabric is washed and dried (this one time only, please
dry-clean our scarves and shawls thereafter), to give it it's characteristic
flowing, velvety texture.
We use rayon
chenille, custom-dyed to a constantly evolving full-range palette
of colors. The warp stripes that characterize our work blend
and soften when the weft is added and the fabric is finished.
Each year we choose and name a group of color-sets for the season.
Pieces from the same color-set will have similar colors in similar
proportions, but the exact striping patterns will vary. Please
go to "WHAT WE MAKE" for details.