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Yuli’s collaboration with Anne began in 2003. “She came from very similar views and experience, and our collaborative work has been enormously useful and enriching.


“Taking the Cycle of Life as our abiding principle we aim for a minimal carbon footprint by using natural materials that are sourced and processed locally: integrity at every stage of design and production is important.





We decided back in 2003 to explore the possibility of making a shroud that could be really practical and environmental. We researched the growing trend towards natural burial, and the long-term environmental problems of cremation. We had no


idea where we were heading or what form the shroud would take, we only knew that we wanted to make something more meaningful, and respectful to nature; making use of a natural and renewable resource that is sadly undervalued at present.


We have both always had a passion for indigenous rare breed wool so it seemed important to continue our sourcing and use of local wool.”‘


Sustainability is the founding stone of the business, with all materials sourced locally from around Dartmoor. The integral bases are made from greenwood coppiced from nearby woodland, and the gorse wood, used to make the fastenings, is collected from the moor itself. Wools, such as Lleyn and Devon Closewool, are collected from


local farms ready to be processed at a nearby Devon mill.


Yuli has taken the kepenek, a traditional cape worn by a Kurdish shepherd, as a source of inspiration. Made from the shepherd’s own sheep’s wool and worn night and day throughout his life, the cape takes on the shape of the man, moulding to the curves of his body. When he dies he is buried in it, wrapped in its weathered, shaped folds. For Yuli, this lifecycle is very important. ”It symbolises the idea of


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