Riverweaver long shawl
1. Riverweaver (Cottage Industry)
2. Jenny Fraser
"For the contemporary lifestyle, a luxurious high fashion garment that adds a graceful overlay of classical elegance. The mohair, brushed and spun into boucle is from the lustrous fibre of the mohair angora goat."
Collection of samples and supporting material related to Riverweaver (Hamilton cottage industry) c.1985–2016. The industry was founded by Jenny Fraser in the early 1980s. She initially worked out of her home in the country, on countermarch looms, weaving all wool rugs using the fleece of her black and coloured sheep. She later moved the industry to Hamilton East on-the-river and hired up to eight craftswomen as contract weavers to work exclusively with New Zealand kid mohair.
This sample is an example of the types of shawls widely sold in tourist shops across the country in the 90s and early 2000s.
Riverweaver ~ New Zealand Natural Fibre Artist Originals
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Collection of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato