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© Patrick Dieudonne / robertharding

THE UNIQUE SKILLS OF FAIR ISLE

Off the northern tip of Scotland, the cliffs of Fair Isle (7.68 square kilometers) rise up between the Orkney and Shetland islands. One of the most remote spots in the United Kingdom, it has preserved a tradition of producing unique bespoke knitwears.

The knits made by Mati Ventrillon reflect this heritage which goes back to the times when the islanders sailed the world, between America and Europe, while at home their spouses filled the hours inventing new and ever more original patterns.

Using only traditional designs from the 19th and 20th centuries, each garment is handcrafted in Shetland wool, faithfully reproducing the main themes.

Chanel’s Métiers d’Art collections pay tribute to the skills and heritage of traditional crafts, which they thus help to preserve.

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