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How Seljak Makes The Best, Cosiest Blankets From Factory Floor Waste

by: Rosie Dalton | 2 weeks ago | Features

Image: the Fringe Blanket in Indigo

 

Founded by sisters Karina and Samantha Seljak in 2016, Seljak has been keeping us cosy with their closed loop blankets ever since. “Our respect for Australian wool led us to the oldest weaving mill in Australia,” the sisters explain. A mill “which used to supply blankets to the Australian Army and which retains all of its production offcuts for future use. Using these offcuts to make blankets, we incorporated a closed loop system that uses the blankets for re-manufacture at the end of their life.”

Most of the brand’s blankets are still manufactured at this historic wool mill in Tasmania – which was established in 1874 and which spins and weaves fine blankets made from alpaca, mohair and wool for their customers. It is the by-product from this process that Seljak uses to make their blankets.

Here, they walk us through the steps of their closed loop process.

 

 

Step 1: Offcuts are collected

 

“Our recycled blankets are made at the same mill that the offcuts are produced. As other [clients’] blankets are produced, the mill collects offcuts from the production process,” Seljak explains. “This might be [offcuts] from the spinning or weaving stage, and can be from overruns, trimmings and scraps that aren't part of the final product.”

 

Step 2: The offcuts are shredded

 

“These offcuts are then shredded in an industrial shredding machine into many small fibres, in preparation for spinning into yarn,” Seljak says of Step 2 in their process.

 

Step 3: The yarn is spun and woven

 

“[That] yarn is then spun onto spools,” Seljak says, “before it is used to weave blankets on large, industrial machine looms operated by highly skilled weavers – who know how to perfect the tension.”

 

Step 4: Colour is introduced

 

“To introduce colour, blankets are either dyed after they are woven, or beforehand as hanks of yarn from the spools.” This depends, Seljak says, on the quantities being produced.

 

Step 5: The blankets are finished

 

“After the recycled blankets are woven, they are finished at the mill with labels and stitching or fringing, and sent to our warehouse for distribution,” the sisters explain of the final step in their closed loop process.




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