HANDWOVEN VS. MACHINE/MASS PRODUCTION TEXTILES — WHY SHOULD I CARE?

Machine/
Mass Produced Textiles

The “character” of the product is to compliment one’s wardrobe without drawing attention to its self as an individual item within the overall impression of the wearer being stylishly or fashionable dressed.

Machine produced textiles highlight consistency in color, texture, cloth integrity, with some minimal care needed.

Hand Woven Textiles…

add color, warmth, and texture that convert your space into ‘home’ or ‘my fashion sense”.  You can examine and appreciate the fibers’ individual qualities of subtle dye variations, texture, and slubbiness* of the yarns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

* “Slubbed Fabric” — is created with slight knots and knobbles which are seen as thicker raised threads on the fabric surface. It is characteristic of natural fibers giving the textile an organic, tactile look and feel.

(Shown Above/Sold: Red Wool Brown Alpaca Scarf)

The Campbell Tartan

The following information comes from www.tartans.scotland.net 

Campbell dress Clan Tartan WR19, “One of the ‘dress’ and ‘hunting’ versions of clan tartans introduced for the first time in 1906 by H. Whyte’s and others ‘The Tartans of the Clans and Septs of Scotland’ published by W. and A. K. Johnston, Edinburgh.  The book contains over 200 tartans and is the fore-runner of Johnston’s annual pocket editions.”

This sample shown here is clearly mass manufactured.  but the original Scottish tartans reflected clan/family/location origin.  These would have been woven on a family loom in the croft (cottage) and using locally sourced wool dyed with locally sourced lichens and vegetable matter.  This photograph gives a sense of the fabric and its drapability.

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