Whitchurch Silk Mill has been commissioned to design and weave a silk suitable for giftware to promote and raise money for the Air Ambulance.
The 19th Century water mill weaves English silk fabric using 19th century machinery. Using the iconic green and yellow of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance logo, placement student Emma Simmonds has designed a pattern. Production on the silk started last week and the warp has been wound successfully onto a beam ready to be woven out in the next few months.
One of the first items to be produced will be a handbag mirror compact, woven in green and yellow HIOWAA silk, and available for supporters to purchase this summer.
Rupert Nabarro, OBE, Chairman for Whitchurch Silk Mill Trust commented:
‘We are very pleased to be working with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance. As two local charities, a collaboration such as this is significant, and will not only help us both to raise much needed funds, but will also raise our profiles on a local level. The silk that we weave will be unique to Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and will measure 18 inches wide and will have 850 single ends of silk’
All monies raised from the sale of the giftware will be used to help keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.