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Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief

This is so important a photographic enterprise. You have a great eye for opportunity to take us into the actual process of creating cloth. Much of this is as would be done for centuries.

What’s significant is that they are competitive with foreign imports.

But where do the threads come from?


Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief

Super that you can add the video clips. Adds a new dimension.

Incredible that everything is rudimentary and handmade from wood!

The movements required of hands and feet to rhythm, makes me think that these workers would make great natural students for a church organ with need to play the keys and slide along so many foot pedals!


Jerome Marot

Well-known member
Much of this is as would be done for centuries.
Not many centuries. This is a European style vertical loom with a flying shuttle. You will see the shuttle, race and one end box at the beginning of the first video. That design was invented in England in 1733 and it can be argued that the changes it brought started the industrial revolution.

The history of textile making is fascinating, particularly after the end of the 18th century as it is deeply linked to the economical, political and technical changes that made the modern world as we know it. Some time spent on the various wikipedia articles about that technology is always enlightening.