We are a small yarn company from Genoa, Italy. Our aim is to create unique yarns containing noble local fibres.
Our yarns are made following a short chain production, which is 100% traceable: it begins with fibre gathering that we do directly from local breeders, it proceeds in two experienced mills where our blends are composed and take the shape of yarns, and it ends in our studio where we hand dye skeined threads in small batches.
Quantities of each yarn type are quite limited, because they are directly conditioned by the yearly yield of the fibres we select, by the herds dimensions and the mills production capability as well.
The short scale we chose to use is very important for us, as it lets us have control on each stage and aim to very high quality standards, working closely with the skilled mill keepers to get the best out of each blend of fibres; in fact, each batch coming out of the mills is slightly different and hence unique, just like a precious wine that varies from one year to another, and the same applies to the dyelots, that reflect the artisanal process.
So, each skein is able to tell a story, through materials and colours, and is made to cuddle and highlight every knitted garment you'll create.
The origin of our project roots back to the past years of teaching handspinning and textile arts, a fulfilling activity that made us travel around Italy getting to know the job of many herders who decided to recover local wool breeds and ste up precious fibres farms. During that period we decided we wanted to promote this hard work, and do it through what we were prepared to do: high quality yarns with an artisanal soul.
That’s why we decided to have our yarns spun in small skilled mills of italian textile district manufacture, that can process reduced amounts of fibre and get high rates in quality and keep intact the noble fibres structure and character at their best.
Taking this path we preferred to give up the exact perfection and repeatability of commercial yarns, and create niche threads with a strong character to express.
During a trip to the Edimburgh Yarn Festival a few years ago we started to figure how we could transform this little treasure of knowledge and contacts we had been building in a project that would push it forward, that would speak of the precious fibres we found out in our territory, of the manufacture with hundred years of experience in spinning, and above all of the unique and artistic character inherent artisanal products.
One evening, we sat at dinner in Florence talking about all these ideas with some friends, and one of them just described us as LANIVENDOLE - women who sell yarn in their dialect - and this remained our brand ever since.