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History of Avoca Mills


Avoca Handweavers, as it was then known, thrived through the 1920s and 30s when it was run by a dynamic trio of sisters, the Wynnes. They turned what had been a small, local business into a thriving, international handweavers. With their wonderful designs and use of vibrant colours, the sisters developed an international business selling rugs and wool fabric throughout Europe and America. They even sold to the couture houses of Paris and to English Royalty. Involved in all aspects of life in Avoca village, the sisters gave a great deal of time to their local community, teaching children the skills of embroidery and soft toy making. In the 1960s, however, the Mill became neglected and fell into disrepair. Handweaving was dying out, and the looms were largely silent. The weavers had to leave their skills and look elsewhere for work.



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