[Ansteorra-textiles] *sniff* A sad tale of looms being replaced...
nweders at mail.utexas.edu
Tue Mar 30 09:42:30 PST 2004
> 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
> churchill weavers.
Okay - I lied. They started in 1922 but I really thought it was
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