Last week Richard visited Chile to assist Rossana Salata, her father Louis and their wonderful team exhibit at Materiaprima, a huge craft exhibition in Santiago. Rossana and Louis have 7 Cosuritas shops in various locations across Santiago and also distribute Ashford throughout Chile. Rossana and Louis have been selling Ashford for over 15 years and this show reinforced Ashford as the leader for spinning, weaving and carding equipment in Chile.
Elizabeth and Richard have just returned from a trip to Japan visiting our customers in Tokyo and Kyoto. Although we have been doing business in Japan for over forty years this was Elizabeth’s first visit and she loved the warm, gracious people, fabulous food and the amazing textile heritage.
Our distributor in Taiwan, Foundertek, has recently held the 5th Felting Master Course for teachers. During the fifty hour programme these teachers study the history of felting, surface design, colour, garment design and teaching techniques.
New Zealand's official gift to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son is a hand-spun, hand-knitted fine lace shawl, similar to the one that New Zealand gave when Prince William was born.