Dre-Fach Felindre and the Woollen Industry
- Author: J. Geraint Jenkins
- Publication Date: June 2005
A hundred years ago, Dyffryn Teifi in western Wales was the most important of all wool textile manufacturing districts of Wales. Villages such as Pencader and Llandysul, but above all, the twin villages of Dre-fach Felindre, were the main centre of the industry. Many of the inhabitants - men, women and children - worked in the numerous mills of the villages and many too were employed as spinners and weavers in their homes. To many people, Dre-fach Felindre and its associated villages of Cwmpengraig and Cwmhiraeth were known as 'the Huddersfield of Wales'.
Due to the importance of the villages as a centre of textile manufacture, the National Woollen Museum was established in one of the largest mills, the Cambrian. Opening officially for the first time in 1976, the museum was refurbished in 2004.