Today, I am happy to introduce you to the Filature de Sarrancolin in Haute-Pyrénées.
The spinning mill is located in the Aure Valley, on the Saint-Lary road. When you arrive at the center of the village of Sarrancolin since the A64, turn left along the river to go to the spinning through the narrow medieval streets. I even advise you to do it on foot as the small half-timbered houses are unexpected and unsuspected when crossing the village by the main road.
Arriving at the spinning mill, you will surely be greeted by the sound barking of Lilou a bitch Mountain of Pyrenees also called Patou … does it remind you of something?
The spinning mill has just reopened. Closed for more than two years after a fire, we can visit it again to learn more about the transformation of wool, sheep to our needles.
The visit takes us on a journey through history, from the period machines used from the creation of the spinning mill to the electric machines that were still working a short time ago … The cleaning and sorting of the fleeces is done by hand. When washing, it is done through the water of the Neste.
Damaged by the fire, the machines are still not working at the moment but Chantal, who took over the family business 10 years ago, hopes to run them again in the near future.
Meanwhile, there are still some stocks of natural wool spun by him.
Edit: For some years now you will not find more Pyrenean wool spinning Sarrancolin but you can get skeins of French wool spun in the Creuse.
The site of the spinning mill: www.lafilaturelaine.com/