FROM FLEECE TO GARMENT
Ally Bee collections are made from carefully sourced natural fibre yarns with either eco-certifications or are bespoke made with traceability to mill and region.
British alpaca yarns are bespoke spun from the fleece of small alpaca flocks kept on smallholdings in England, in predominantly natural undyed colours, spun in a small one-man-band mill in Dorset. Alpaca are known as a low-impact grazer and eat less than sheep. For their wellbeing they require shearing each Spring, and shearing specialists are employed to undertake this task with minimal stress to the animal. Small alpaca yarn batches are produced seasonally for the Ally Bee collection, and reflect the subtle seasonal variations in yarns from one year to the next.
CRADLE-TO-CRADLE ® CERTIFIED CASHMERE & MERINO
These yarns are awarded C2C certification from the Cradle to Cradle Institute, an organisation has undertaken rigorous auditing across the entire yarn production journey - from herd traceability, fair payment of farmers for their fleece, spinning and dyeing using 100% renewable power and clean water dyes. The Cradle to Cradle Institute demands high standards in all of its certifications to protect the earth, ensure social fairness & advance animal welfare.
The cashmere comes from Zalaa Jinst white goats in specific herds in the Gobi Desert where herders are paid more than the norm, over 250000 goats receive vet treatment and are grazed on lands maintained with sustainable grazing methods.
The superfine merino wool is sourced from a mulesing-free farm in south-eastern Australia recognised in the industry as a sustainable farm.
The yarns are processed at a long-established mill in Italy using hydroelectric & solar power and the cleanest dyeing processes in the industry. The result is a wholly natural, sustainable, ethical luxury yarn, that at the end of life will return to the cradle of earth without leaving a trace.
BRITISH BLUEFACED LEICESTER WOOL
The pure wool from the fleece of the Bluefaced Leicester sheep is far softer than generic British wool. The yarn in the Ally Bee collection is sourced from British farmers by the British Wool Marketing Board and spun in a mill in Yorkshire.
BRITISH FALKLANDS MERINO
A small quantity of Ally Bee alpaca has been blended in a small quantity of alpaca yarn - this is a wool from non-mulesed sheep.
ORGANIC SUPERFINE MERINO
The Ally Bee luxury handknit collection is crafted from a yarn spun from the fleece of non-mulesed sheep flocks fully traceable to one Australian farm with high standards of animal welfare and land management.