[Ansteorra-textiles] *sniff* A sad tale of looms being replaced...
nweders at mail.utexas.edu
Tue Mar 30 09:40:03 PST 2004
At 10:12 AM 3/29/2004, you wrote:
>The New York Times has a story about a drapery mill that is having to "update"
>to modern looms to increase productivity and lower costs. Up until now the
>weaving was done by artisans.
If you ever detour on your way to Pennsic, go by the town of Berea
Kentucky. THey have a weaving business that has been in continuous
operation since the 1850's It was started as a way of single women who had
no home or prospect of marriage. The same looms are in use and the way
they weave (it's done by a steam shuttle though it is hand done.) is really
neat to watch. THe women weave patterns by memory. You can watch them but
not talk to them. I don't know if they are still intact... a few years ago
a tornado went through and leveled most of the town.
I have a shawl I bought from them as a souvenir. It's called
Thanks for the article.
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