Created out of concern for the demise of the local wool and textile industry due to the constant cheaper available supply of products produced from manmade fibres such as Nylon and Polyesters, DDOT 14 (#WDC545), aims to empower local communities through wool production.

DDOT 14, which stands for Design Development from Origin through Technology, is a World Design Capital (WDC) 2014 recognised project for its use of sustainable solutions that benefit people and planet.

The project entails the collaboration of sustainable farming, industry, technology, design and manufacturing. With several communities owning a few sheep or goats, they can be given proper training on rearing the animals in a way that ensures their welfare. Furthermore by showing residents how to use careful monitoring and scientific methods, they can make sure that the quality of the wool is of world standard.

Community members can also be educated about and supported in the sheering, cleaning and washing of the wool. From here the wool and mohair can be hand or machine spun, felted or woven for the creation of products ranging from clothes, blankets and insulation panels to room dividers, carpets, duvets, mattresses, baby-wear and more. In this way the communities are empowered with new skills and knowledge for their economic benefit.

According to the project owner, Stephanie Bentum, “No one needs to be cold in a country that offers an abundance of wool fibres. By introducing design, beautiful items can simply be made by hand.”

During the week of the 23rd of June, DDOT 14 will be exhibiting at the Winter Wool House in Gardens; showcasing the wonders of handmade, environmentally friendly, animal friendly, natural wool and the, myriad of design possibilities it can produce.

More details about DDOT 14 and other WDC recognised projects can be found at http://www.wdccapetown2014.com.

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