Designed during a visit by Sutherland to Kalra’s studio in Hoswick, the blankets are knitted by the state-of-the-art Textile Facilitation Unit at Shetland College UHI, and hand-finished at the Nielanell Studio. Yarns were carefully selected for their individual properties, with silk, Shetland wool, mercerised cotton and extra-fine merino all being used. Unusually, these were chosen for the way in which the fibres reflect—or don’t reflect—light. In particular, Kalra was very keen to use a native Shetland wool, sourced locally from world-renowned spinning mill Jamieson’s of Shetland. A unique and special fibre, and part of Scotland’s heritage, Kalra believes Shetland wool deserves its place (and holds its own) alongside the world’s most luxurious yarns.
In the construction of the textile, knit stitches have been cleverly manipulated to bring colour to the foreground, or make it recede: just what happens in misty misty conditions. Haar is a representation of the surface of an atmospheric phenomenon.