Karoo Winter WOOL Festival

The 2022 Karoo Winter Wool Festival was a great sucess. It was described as an unique celebration that brought together people from all across the country and wool industry to celebrate wool. Thank you to all of our sponsors and partners for their generous suport, without which this first event would have never been possible. We cant wait to start organising The 2023 Karoo Winter Wool Festival for next year. Subsrcibe to our newsletter or follow us on instagram to keep informed about what the Karoo Winter Wool Festival team is up to.

Celebrating Wool and all things authentically Karoo this winter.

Karoo Winter Wool Market

(Photo by: Samantha Reinders)

Karoo Winter Wool Food Market

(Photo by: Samatha Reinders)

Festival goers enjoying some knitting during the market.

(Photo by: Samatha Reinders)

Riaan Benade at the Skuurdans.

Photo by: Samatha Reinders)

The Karoo Winter Wool Festival is all about celebrating natural fibres and all things authentically Karoo! Come Dance the night away in a Karoo wool shed, run or ride through the beautiful Karoo Koppies, learn about wool, develop your crafting skills with wool workshops, marvel at unique South African made woollen products, indulge in delicious Karoo food and drink, make friends and perhaps some new business connections. There is plenty of kids’ entertainment so bring the whole family.

Why Wool Matters

A short documentary produced with HRH The Prince of Wales for the Campaign for Wool

Against a background of misleading anti wool lobbying currently orchestrated by global giants of fast fashion, the Campaign for Wool decided to engage with leading academic experts in the field of land management and carbon sequestration to demonstrate the positive pastoral contribution the grazing of ruminants, particularly sheep, makes to the continued wellbeing of the planet.

These peer reviewed findings add to already well documented research revealing wool’s unique renewable and biodegradable end of life attributes and the contribution the fibre makes to the circular economy.

Middelburg Eastern Cape - In d' Middel

Middelburg, surrounded by beautiful mountains, is an ideal base for exploring the Karoo.

Roads from Colesberg, Steynsburg, Cradock, Graaff-Reinet and Richmond all lead to the main street of Middelburg, thus the name Middelburg. It is also halfway between Johannesburg & and Cape Town, as well as between Bloemfontein & and Port Elizabeth. Route 56 serves as the shortest link between the Western Cape & and Kwazulu-Natal Provinces.

The Sneeuberg Mountain range to the south of Middelburg, provide beautiful vista, wonderful hikes/ trails and an opportunity to explore the Karoo like never before.

During winter months, snow can be seen on the mountains, and the Lootsberg Pass becomes a spectacular winter landscape.

More information on Middelburg : https://www.middelburgkaroo.co.za/page/about_us


TWYG IS IN TOWN

The Karoo Winter Wool Market has joined hands with Twyg to bring Karoo Winter Wool Festival goers and Twyg followers an unique learning and sharing experience.

AFRIC TEXTILE TALKS

The first of its kind, the Africa Textile Talks is a three-day Southern Africa hybrid event.


Save these dates: 23 – 25 JUNE 2022

Join us to learn and hear about farming regeneratively, about botanical dyeing, traditional crafts, fashion designing with natural fibres, upcycling and so much more..


The in-person events will be hosted in Mauritius and on a working Karoo wool farm in Middleburg, South Africa, alongside the Karoo Winter Wool Festival. The focus on local growing and production – farm to fashion – will enhance a connection to place, and illuminate the immense potential of nature-friendly textile industries, as we return to our roots, reconnect to our natural environments, and reimagine the future of fashion.


Join us! And help grow the movement of ethical, circular and sustainable growers, makers, designers, creatives and innovators.

Eateries

Be sure to start your weekend right by ordering something delicious form the Keg and Springbuck at Karoo Country Inn. There are some Springbuck specials which will be served between 11:00 and 16:00 for our festival goers to enjoy before the Skuurdans.

Karooroos Padstal to serve delicious food, display beautiful woollen products and to display interesting Merino history.

A delicious Karoo Lamb Breedie / Kerrie Afval will be served at Celtis Restaurant for all those to enjoy after a busy day at the Karoo Winter Wool Market .

To Book : https://www.quicket.co.za/events/176386-karoo-curry-afval-lamb-stew-evening/

Picadilli's Coffee Shop will be open on Sunday the 26th June offering a delicious breakfast for festival goers. Don't miss out on this one - Booking Essential.

Winter Wool Dance

MARKET , SPEAKERS & WORKSHOPS

Circles of Care workshop facilitated by Twyg at COR in Middelburg.

(Photo by: Samantha Reinders)

Coloured wool used for Karen Platte's wet felting workshop.

(Photo by: Samatha Reinders)

Jar filled with natural dyes and wool used in Ira Bekkers natural dying workshop.

(Photo by: Samatha Reinders)

Early morning at Beskuitfontein for the Karoo Winter Wool hike.

Photo by: Samatha Reinders)