First ever Wool Week in Bay

2016-03-30 06:00

THOSE who have never had the opportunity to visit a sheep farm, will be able to see how a sheepdog herds a flock of sheep and how a sheep is sheared right in the heart of the city.

This will form part of the first ever Wool Week being staged from today until Saturday with indoor and outdoor displays in Port Elizabeth.

Wool Week 2016 is the first Wool Week to take place in Port Elizabeth and is an annual international initiative supported by the Campaign for Wool and the South African wool industry. Fashion, decor, design and craft uses of wool are showcased.

Cape Wools SA will be celebrating wool and the unique uses of wool through an exhibition at the Walmer Park Shopping Centre and through various activities at the Wool Hub at DF Malherhe High School’s sport fields.

The Wool Hub will offer a range of workshops and daily merino shearing and sheep dog shepherding demonstrations as well as arts, crafts and design from 9am to 5pm daily.

The sheepdog shepherding demonstrations will take place at the Wool Hub between 11am and noon and 3pm and 4pm from today until Friday.

The merino sheep shearing demonstration will take place daily between noon and 1pm as well as 4pm and 5pm from today until Friday. On Saturday there will only be one shearing demonstration, from noon to 1pm.

Daily workshops will also be presented in the Wool Hub, ranging from wool felting to looming a beanie.

There will be a static display of incredible wool designs inside the Walmer Park Shopping Centre in front of Woolworths, showcasing fashion and decor.

Wool and the endless possibilities of using wool as well as contemporary, up-and-coming designer’s work will be on show.

The display will include the pieces from the winners of the merino student design competition.

Also on display will be designer wool garments fit for international runways by South Africa’s top fashion designers such as Christian Gabriel du Toit and Malcolm Kluk, Jenny le Roux, JD and Hendrik Vermeulen and Tamara Cherie Dyson.

There will be an opportunity for the public to meet a few of the designers in person today. Tamara Cherie Dyson (Elle Rising Star Winner), Thabo Mkhetha and Thula Sindi will be available from 3pm to 4.30pm at the display where their pieces will be exhibited in Walmer Park.

Entry to the outdoor Wool Hub for all the outdoor activities can be gained from the Walmer Park Shopping Centre parking lot.

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