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.

Handwoven Textiles…

highlight the characteristics of the fiber: dye variations, texture subtleties, spinning slubbiness*, so that the product, while complimenting one’s wardrobe, is the star of the wardrobe and emphasizes one’s talent is assembling such an attractive and stylishly dressed wardrobe that has pizzazz.

* “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)

My Connection to the Campbell Tartan

My father’s mother wrote 11 historical novels about the English kings and queens.  She authored as Margaret Campbell Barnes, even though her maiden name was Wood and her husband’s name was Barnes.  Her selecting Campbell as a middle name may have been rooted more in a fantasy of being Scottish, and has flavored my thinking I am of  Scottish descent, and may have subtly influenced my passion for weaving.

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.”

The sample shown here is clearly mass manufactured, but the original Scottish tartans reflected clan/family/location origin, and would have been woven on a family loom in the croft using locally sourced wool dyed with locally sourced lichens and vegetable matter.

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