September 2019 – Meeting at The Men’s Shed, Llanelli

At the end of the month I visited the Men’s Shed in Llanelli to gauge their responses to the Welsh Shawl.  Tim Isles, the Manager, was more than welcoming and happy to allow me to speak with the men.  I had expected some resistance to the idea of the Welsh Shawl, but indeed was surprised when the men told me how comfortable they felt wearing it and how they preferred the heavier weighted wool, as opposed to the women, who preferred the lighter wool.  When asked if they would consider wearing it in public, the men were bemused and said ‘Why not? I remember my grandmother using one’.

 

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