How we design
Mungo possesses the rare ability to produce a fabric from the initial idea to the finished product. This allows us to be organic in our design process. Some of our designs are adapted from historic pattern books and given a creative or modern edge with tweaking here and there. We still lay out the design on traditional graph paper which is translated and punched by hand onto the pattern card. Once one of our fabrics has been designed and created we will take it home and live with it. It is tested and used. The product then grows from the cloth as we become familiar with its individual characteristics. It is from here onwards that our fabrics are refined, resulting in exemplary handle and quality.
Our fibres and yarns
The process starts by sourcing a suitable yarn which matches the requirements that the product will need, the fabric must be durable, aesthetically pleasing, and have a great tactile quality.We only weave with natural fibres. Our linen (Flax) is grown in Belgium and imported in its raw form. It is then processed in Atlantis (West coast, South Africa) into the linen yarn. We use South African grown and produced cotton, wool and mohair. South Africa is know for some of the worlds highest quality mohair. The viscose chenille is imported from Italy.
The Working Weaving Museum
Mungo's production consists of two weaving operations. Our working Weaving Museum is our creational hub where all our sampling is done on 19th Century Hattersley looms. This is situated at Old Nick Village (Mungo HQ) and open for the public to experience these fine looms in action. The Hattersley looms were gifted to Stuart many years ago. He restored them with much patience and skill and we still think of them as the ''beating heart' of Mungo.
The Mungo Mill
The Mungo Mill is situated about 15 min from Mungo HQ in the farmlands of The Crags. Our boutique mill comprises of our warping equipment and the more 'modern' Rapier looms which allows us to weave wider width fabrics. As well as the most newly restored Ruti Looms. This bustling hub of Mungo has fabric piled up the walls and fabric rolls stacked in the rafters! Here you will find the CMT, constant designing, washing, testing and making of all the new product being produced.
The New Mungo Mill
In January 2017 we embarked on our latest project. We are building what we are calling the Mungo Mill, a working weaving museum that will open to the public in order to showcase the age old art of weaving, from pre industrial-revolution to present day.
Through industrialization we have lost touch with the process of how the goods we use are made. At Mungo we believe that with a policy of total transparency, in addition to the experience of visiting our manufacturing facility, and with the use of our products we can start to regain a connection with how our world works. This is part of our sustainability, transparency and traceability objective, if people can understand where something comes from or how it is made they will value it more, and in turn this can help to curb the blind consumerist attitude that is affecting our planet.