Wishfulfilling Weaving is the brainchild of San De Wilde, who emigrated from Belgium to Ibiza at the end of 2018 with her husband. San started Wishfulfilling Weaving in 2014 and quickly became a sensation with her beautiful weaving creations, handwoven on a traditional wooden loom. The focus of her weaving creations is on processing age-old weaving patterns with mainly sustainable alpaca wool into exclusive scarves and luxury clothing.
Professional & traditional weaving
Always intrigued by textiles and fabrics, Wishfulfilling Weaving founder San was bitten by the weaving bug in 2013. Designing and creating her own clothes has always been a passion, but she could really lose her creative egg at the loom. She immersed herself in the craft and after a few smaller table models bought a traditional Swedish loom in solid wood. The previous owner was a 92-year-old top weaver who, after a long life on the weaving bench, wanted to pass on her passion, knowledge and favorite weaving instrument to a new generation. But guess what: the old weaving lady was so impressed by San’s weaving creations that she immediately invited her for a week of private lessons, so that she could pass on her knowledge and tricks of the trade to her successor. Out of respect for her teacher, San kept the name the previous owner gave to her room-sized loom: Big Ben.
Alpaca wool from our own cultivation
Although other high-quality weaving yarns made of linen, mohair and silk wool are also used, the focus of Wishfulfilling Weaving’s weaving creations is on the use of high-quality alpaca wool. Alpaca wool is known as the fluffy gold: softer than silk, rarer than cashmere and warmer than sheep’s wool. Alpaca wool contains unique properties: it is hypoallergenic, fire and water resistant, elastic, antibacterial and very strong. Alpaca wool is also sweat and dust repellent, does not itch and breathes naturally thanks to its hollow fiber structure. This super wool is available in 22 natural shades, but can also be colored with natural flora extracts. Because Wishfulfilling Weaving has its own alpaca farm, it can use high quality alpaca wool from its own cultivation.
Respect for what nature gives us is the philosophy of Wishfulfilling Weaving and this is also reflected in the processing of the wool that precedes weaving. The freshly shaved fur of our alpacas is picked clean by hand and washed by hand. The wonderful fibers are then also manually purified by means of the so-called carding technique, after which they are manually spun into yarn ready to weave according to the ancient tradition. The coloring is also completely natural with extracts of flowers and plants, such as ibiscus and even avocado. Never by machine, always by hand. Never artificial, always pure nature.
New luxury life for old patterns
San prefers to work with age-old weaving patterns that she finds in old weaving scripts and forgotten traditional pattern books. Inspired by nature, she combines those traditional patterns with a fresh take on modern fashion trends and her own creative design and weaving style. These age-old patterns are given a new life in an artisanal way. Even a new life of luxury, when they eventually roll off the weighing rope as an exclusive scarf or other unique hand-woven design. In addition to its own collection, Wishfulfilling Weaving also designs exclusive custom weaving creations, in which the pattern, material and colors are chosen in consultation with the customer.
Unique slow fashion
From the shearing of the alpacas to the processing of the wool to the spinning of the yarn and the final weaving: everything is done by hand in a traditional artisan way. A particularly labour-intensive and slow process, which makes Wishfulfilling Weaving the ultimate example of slow fashion. In combination with the 100% sustainable philosophy, this makes every weaving creation unique and original, impossible to duplicate, let alone put into production in multiple copies or large quantities. This sustainable slow fashion approach, with only unique creations, means that we only work on order.