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Raw wool bales
Arpin Straight from the breeders, the bundles of raw wool arrive at the spinning mill. By hand, we extract stones and sprigs of straw. Then the wool is washed - with mountain water.
In the Galetas
Arpin On the floor of the "galetas" - the Savoyard attic -, the wool dries in the wind, returned to the fork to speed up the process.
Stephen Clément - Arpin The wool used by Arpin comes from alpine sheep raised in the open air in the four neighboring valleys: Tarentaise, Beaufortain, Maurienne and Valle d'Aosta.
Studio Bergoend - Arpin The wool goes through the imposing wooden beater of the spinning mill dating from 1865 which eliminates straw and dust and separates the fibers.
Stephen Clement - Arpin Once the wool is spun and spooled, it's time for the looms!
Arpin One of the most important steps in the manufacture of the Bonneval cloth: fulling. The fabric impregnated with black soap passes between wooden cylinders which will make it both more flexible and more resistant and give it the qualities of density sought. The fuller of the Arpin spinning mill dates from 1875 and is classified in the National Heritage Inventory.