In the Pyrenees we find sturdy valleys, high mountains, changing vegetation according to the slope of the mountain and unpredictable weather. The sheep spend their summers in high mountains, at about 2,000 m, and they spend the winters down in the valley with their shepherd. The weather changes of each season are reflected in their wool, just as the different breeds of sheep, adapt to the vegetation offered by each region.
A few years ago, I met the `Obrador Xisqueta` association at a fair in Barcelona, where they were promoting their wool from the Pyrenees.
The association ‘Obrador Xisqueta’ was born to help the shepherds who reintroduced the native sheep in the Pyrenees Pallares, buying the wool at a fair price.
I really liked the project.
At home we had Dutch wool quits.
One day, after 25 years, I decided that they had already done their job and I thought, “Why don’t I make quilts here like the ones I have from Holland?”.With this fantastic wool of the Pyrenees!
That summer, while on vacation in the Pyrenees, I began my search for the xisqueta sheep.
I found them in Llessui, a small village on the top of the Pallars mountain. They are really nice and after talking for a while we realised that they never thought about making wool quilts. Blankets yes, but quilts no … they don’t weigh!
I wanted to learn everything about the “Xisquetas” and their wool.
I attended a “tría” (selection) of sheep in September: when they come down from a high mountain (2000 m) all together in a giant herd after spending the summer there, each sheep flies with its shepherd. In May we went to a “Xollada”, at the farm of the shepherdess of Llessui.
It is exceptional to be able to be there, helping to free them from their precious and warm layer of wool.
The wool goes through the critical hands of the girls of the association.
At this point they already separate the different destinations of the wool, in different sacks.
This way I could also choose the best for our quilts.
We already know almost everything about the wool of the “Xisquetas” and I am more excited each day.
Then we started to define how we wanted the quilts.
We have done several experiments combing the wool, until finding the exact thicknesses.
After that we looked for the best 100% cotton, for quilting.
And finally, we wanted a softer and more natural look for the finish.
On the fly we thought of the name “Pirilana“.
I wanted the Pyrenees to be part of the name since that is where the idea of making quilts and the main source of raw material came from, the wool. That’s how “Pirilana” came out.
I loved it.
I am Dutch and I brought my Dutch wool quilts to Spain 30 year ago.
In Pirilana we do not want you to count sheep no longer. That is why we seek for to manufacture with a lot of love and respect a 100% natural and sustainable product.