A visit to the Moon

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To visit a textile mill has been my lifelong dream since I took an interest in the history of Industrial Revolution in secondary school, Textile Manufacturing was a topic I specialised in, it was a period from 1750 to 1850 that shaped the nature of work, society and economic growth. Infamous pioneers and inventors of the spinning industry such as James Hargreaves (hail the spinning jenny), Richard Arkwright, Samuel Crompton, Edmund Cartwright and others to name a few, transformed the growth of textile mills particularly cotton mills as like profitable gold leaves.

I was fortunate to visit Abraham Moon & Sons Ltd, a family owned company based in the suburbs of Guiseley in West Yorkshire, home to woollen and worsted mills.   It was my first time witnessing how fabrics are manufactured in a production plant in real life, but seen the live action of a working (and very noisy) power loom in the BBC’s adaption ‘North and South‘ written by British novelist Elizabeth Gaskell.  Moon representing as the last standing woollen mill in Guiseley, with dyeing, blending, carding, spinning, weaving and finishing processes all taking place on one site, and they are exceptionally proud of their ‘Made in Britain’ heritage.  And who are their clients?  Ralph Lauren, Dolce & Gabbana, Paul Smith, Burberry and many more.

It’s Wool Week this week which takes place every Autumn, celebrating the best of wool across fashion, furnishing and artisan communities.  Do check out Harvey Nichol‘s giant installation in Knightsbridge where the building is literally wrapped in illuminated wool, as well as in-store’s installation featuring bespoke wool bags by key international brands.

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Thank you Mission PR, Woolmark and Abraham Moon & Sons Ltd for inviting me to this insightful venture.

 

28 comments

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  2. Wow! The textile mill looks so interesting. It reminds me of the old history books that captured photos and literary glimpses of the textile mills. Today one can view some textile mills in city corners also, since cities have expanded a lot from their initial structure.
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  3. flipping amazing, i’d love the chance to visit a working factory like Abraham Moon’s. I have a scarf by them, from M&S. Such a nice looking thing. great snaps, really enjoying your blog of late

  4. Hi, I just followed a link from Marlene from Chocolate, Cookies and Candies and am delighted to discover your blog. The pictures here are stunning and the fact that you were in Guiseley in Yorkshire in a textile mill reminded me of one of my first jobs working in a textile mill for Hield Brothers in Bradford – another town with strong textile links. I was a P.A. to the M.D. there for a short while. But mills are certainly an eye opener. I don’t know if it’s the photography (more than likely) but everything seems so lively and colourful in what is technically a very grey and industrial setting. Lovely.

  5. Interesting highlight of the trip. I second with Lucy’s comment, it is very important to highlight UK manufacturing to support local businesses, retailers and major brands such as the ones mentioned. I remember you mentioned about how the majority of international exports were mainly the Japanese in your previous visits, and they were serious about British products being ‘made in Britain’, perhaps this mill was too?

    Love this post very much.

  6. INCREDIBLE KIT!
    aah this is so awesome – I love being able to see behind the scenes like this! All the looms and machines, to us look like scenes from the war because we just don’t realise these sorts of processes are still going on in the UK. I love that you’ve been able to highlight that this is one of the last factories. I’m personally really interested in nurturing ‘Made in Britain’ so this is really insightful. It’s also great for people to hear that British fashion brands are making use of local fabrics like these. It’s important that people know!

    Lucky girl! ;)
    xxx

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