Wool: From Sheep to Textile

In Huttwil, visitors can find out everything there is to know about wool and how it can be processed.

At Spycher-Handwerk AG in Huttwil, wool is produced and processed. Visitors find out how that’s done on the free informative trail – and on workdays, they have the opportunity to see the show carding room and watch the workers handle the 100-year-old machines that are still used daily.

Where does wool come from? How is it processed? Which products can be made from it? And what’s the difference between a Valais Blacknose and a Racka? You will find the answers to all of these questions along the way. And going down the trail is also a wonderful sensory experience: there are 25 wool samples so you can feel your way through the different breeds.

Show carding room in Huttwil

Information panels in German and French explain step by step how wool is processed: after shearing the sheep, the wool is washed, dyed and carded, and then spun, woven, knit or felted.

At Spycher-Handwerks shop, you can see how diverse wool can be and how many uses it has. Yarn can be used for spinning and knitting, new wool as a filling for duvets and pillows, or it can be made into all kinds of clothes to cover people from head to toe.

A large adventure playground with a petting zoo will keep children busy and entertained. The comfortable bistro invites visitors to stay just a little longer, and if you want to extend your stay even more, you can sleep over in one of the yurts, participate in a felting workshop or go on a camel trek.

  • Information

    Opening hours shop and manufacturing

    Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
    1:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
    Saturday 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
    Sunday Closed*
    Languages Panels in German and French
    Admission Free

    *The trail “Wool: From Sheep to Textile” can still be visited.

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