Welsh Wool Has History with American Slaves

Words an Images by Lily Watts

Dinas Powys, Wales. January 23rd 2020. As part of a project on the Welsh Plains, researchers in Treforest have discovered a coarse kind of woollen cloth which was being made in parts of Mid-Wales during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries was exported from Wales and used to clothe enslaved peoples in the Americas. Jill Davod, pictured in her home, has been involved as a community researcher with a project called From Sheep to Sugar (http://www.welshplains.cymru/) and has managed to recreate, as closely as possible, this cloth, of which we have no remaining original samples. Jill used the materials, technique and method as close to the original as possible.

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