Our Story

weaver at the loom holding a shuttle

We aim to revive the lost industry of weaving on Orkney with new bold and modern designs that focus on sustainability

our story

The Orkney Cloth Company was established by India Johnson, who moved to Orkney in October 2018. After completing a degree in Fine Art from Newcastle University, India undertook a graduate weaving placement with ScotGrad and Orkney Creative Hub.

 

India loved the heritage of weaving in Orkney, and was fascinated with its links to the landscape. After finishing her placement, India decided to set up her own weaving company, producing sustainably woven textiles.

 

Her plan is to grow into a social enterprise, which will allow her to reinvest in the local community, workforce and ensure a low environmental impact for her woven products. Eventually, her aim is to be using Orkney wool, ensuring that she is using local suppliers and limiting the companies carbon footprint.

About me

India Johnson, founder and head weaver at Orkney Cloth 

The Orkney Cloth Company was established by India Johnson, who moved to Orkney in October 2018. After completing a degree in Fine Art from Newcastle University, India undertook a graduate weaving placement with ScotGrad and Orkney Creative Hub.

India loved the heritage of weaving in Orkney, and was fascinated with its links to the landscape. After finishing her placement, India decided to set up her own weaving company, producing sustainably woven textiles.

Her plan is to grow into a social enterprise, which will allow her to reinvest in the local community, workforce and ensure a low environmental impact for her woven products. Eventually, her aim is to be using Orkney wool, ensuring that she is using local suppliers and limiting the companies carbon footprint.

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