Hello lovelies!The shifted ~☆YARN THURSDAY☆~ is finally here! I will be writing about Cabotine by Phildar, which is a blend of 55% cotton and 45% premium acrylic. This is a second yarn review of the cotton-acrylic series but the first review for Phildar yarns on Yarn Thursday. So first let’s have a look at Phildar yarns and their history.
In 1903 Phildar yarns opens a spinning mill in Roubaix, France. “Roubaix is a city in Northern France, located in the Lille metropolitan area. It is a historically mono-industrial commune in the Nord department, which grew rapidly in the 19th century from its textile industries…” (1)Side note if you ever go to this area you absolutely must see Lille of course but top on the list is the La Piscine-Musée d'Art et d'Industrie André Diligent or Le musée d'Art et d'Industrie de la ville de Roubaix. This place is stunning and you definitely need to give yourself time for this visit as we only gave ourselves two hours and it was not enough. Back to yarn, 1940’s the company works on developing a network of distribution outlets of yarn under the name "Au fil d'art". By 1956 the company goes through a transformation from «Au fil d'art" to Phildar. While in the 1980’s the knitting yarn market goes into recession, Phildar works on ready-to-wear garments and establishes itself as a brand in this industry. After the millennium things pick up in the yarn industry and Phildar works hard on becoming a network of shops which offers ready to wear cloth as well as knitting/ crocheting yarns. Now Phildar has more than 300 stores and growing and is slowly moving to the international market.
I could not locate if the mill is still open in Roubaix but looking at the tags on the yarns the production of yarn has been moved outside of France. For example, on the Cabotine yarn label, it says made in Romania. When in France you are most likely to find a Phildar yarn store and it quite often looks more like a cloth store from the outside in, rather than a yarn store, so be brave go in and inside you will find a yarn section.
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