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Coffin route blanket laid to rest on Black Mountain

Credit: Daniel Staveley

A hand-knitted 20ft woolen blanket which has heather seeds sewn into it has been carried to the Black Mountain to help restore a peat bog.

The Cwtch blanket was knitted by Swansea based artist Ann Jordan in 2009 from 12 miles of yarn from local Black Mountain sheep.

When the blanket was completed in 2010 it was named ‘cwtch’ and laid in an ancient burial cairn on the Black Mountain to pay tribute to an ancient walking route dubbed the ‘coffin route’.

The route earned its name when the bodies of men from nearby farms, who died in quarries and mines on the other side of the Black Mountain, were returned home.

I am absolutely delighted that the blanket can be returned to the earth from whence it came and will hopefully play a role in repairing the bare peat that is in decline in that area. I made this blanket to represent the decline of the wool industry, to mark the old coffin route that not only quarry workers and miners walked along, but also a trail that farmers’ wives followed –knitting as they walked.

– Ann Jordan