FACTORY & STUDIO

A visit to the Moon

17th October 2012

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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.

 

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28 Comments

  • Reply Cherry 17th October 2012 at 01:37

    Wow your photos are amazing.

  • Reply Stephanie 17th October 2012 at 01:39

    Interesting visit.

  • Reply winnie 17th October 2012 at 01:50

    Oh my goodness, the mention of all those names brings me back to 2003 Year 11 history classroom. I really enjoyed studying the Industrial revolution too and won’t forget our school trip to a Cotton Mill. This looks like it was such a fascinating visit!

    • Reply Kit Lee 17th October 2012 at 01:51

      @Winnie – Which cotton mill did you go to?

  • Reply Christine 17th October 2012 at 02:02

    It’s nice to see what goes on behind the scenes… lovely post and amazing experience I bet!!
    Cheers!!
    xx

  • Reply Charlie 17th October 2012 at 10:54

    Wow, yes! This brings back memories of my history classes, how amazing to have seen it in person!

  • Reply The Provoker 17th October 2012 at 11:20

    These shots made me overload on inspiration, I want to touch all those materials and OMG their fabric bible is HOLY!

  • Reply Cool Milk 17th October 2012 at 11:48

    Sounded like you had an amazing experience touring inside the mill.

  • Reply Jonelle 17th October 2012 at 11:55

    Surreal!

  • Reply Sarah Lise 17th October 2012 at 11:59

    I remember the Spinning Jenny! Named after James Hargreaves’s daughter Jenny!
    Wow, can’t believe this history lesson came flooding back.
    Love this post.

  • Reply Duck 17th October 2012 at 12:12

    Oooh I want a jumper made in that turquoise wool!

  • Reply Vikky Lin 17th October 2012 at 13:54

    Love the fabric swatch archive book.

  • Reply Ingrida van der Hagen 17th October 2012 at 15:14

    Amazing insight, I didn’t know mills still exists today. It’s wonderful to hear you are passionate about textile industry in the UK and its lost art, I’d love to see more of this on your blog…share, share, share us your wonderful discovery.

  • Reply Mao Mao 17th October 2012 at 17:47

    很精彩 D post.

  • Reply Yasmin 17th October 2012 at 17:48

    Fabulous behind the scenes.

  • Reply Kelly 17th October 2012 at 21:52

    These are amazing photos and it looks like a really interesting visit!

    xx
    Kelly

  • Reply Lucy 18th October 2012 at 09:48

    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

  • Reply Shop Girl 18th October 2012 at 11:04

    I’m very inspired by your visit to the mill and the industry behind it.

  • Reply Dancome 18th October 2012 at 11:30

    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.

  • Reply Sally Crangle 18th October 2012 at 14:50

    These photos are incredible, love this post xxxxxxx

  • Reply Théa Unknown 18th October 2012 at 21:08

    Awesome!

    Théa Unknown
    http://theaisunknown.blogspot.fr/

  • Reply Marlene @ chocolatecookiesandcandies 19th October 2012 at 10:42

    Kit, I’m just blown away by your talent. You truly have a gift for words and capturing stunning images. How lucky that you’re invited to the Moon mill. I would’ve been just as awestruck.

  • Reply Sue 20th October 2012 at 07:11

    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.

  • Reply the style crusader 22nd October 2012 at 13:08

    Whoa Kit! This post is beautiful. It almost looks like you stepped back in time and are in an old factory! xx

  • Reply Mat 28th October 2012 at 19:15

    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

    • Reply Kit Lee 28th October 2012 at 19:23

      @Mat – Cheers Mat, I’m hoping to visit more factories like this soon.

  • Reply Daisy 8th November 2012 at 13:31

    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.
    Fashion

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