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.