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Weaving Collection

Weaving, an ancient art form that transcends time and cultures, has been a source of fascination for centuries

Background imageWeaving Collection: I am half sick of shadows, c1911. Artist: John William Waterhouse

I am half sick of shadows, c1911. Artist: John William Waterhouse
I am half sick of shadows, c1911. Illustration of Tennysons poem of the Arthurian legend, showing the Lady of Shalott bored with her weaving

Background imageWeaving Collection: Basket Weaving on the Shores of Lough Neagh, Co. Antrim

Basket Weaving on the Shores of Lough Neagh, Co. Antrim - a view of Miss Celina Mulholland and a boy basket weaving outside a building. (Location: Northern Ireland; County Antrim; Lough Neagh)

Background imageWeaving Collection: Ghana, Ashanti Region, Kumasi

Ghana, Ashanti Region, Kumasi. Kente cloth, the traditional fine textile used for robes in Ghana

Background imageWeaving Collection: How Navajo Indian Rugs are made - USA

How Navajo Indian Rugs are made - USA Date: circa 1930s

Background imageWeaving Collection: Cotton weavers at their looms, Preston, Lancashire

Cotton weavers at their looms, Preston, Lancashire
Women operating cotton weaving looms at the works of Messrs Horrockses, Crewdson and Co Ltd of Preston, Lancashire

Background imageWeaving Collection: Cotton weaving shed, Preston, Lancashire

Cotton weaving shed, Preston, Lancashire
A huge cotton weaving shed at the works of Messrs Horrockses, Crewdson and Co Ltd of Preston, Lancashire, with people at work

Background imageWeaving Collection: Chilean Indian Woman weaving a blanket

Chilean Indian Woman weaving a blanket on a frame set against the thatched roof of her house Date: circa 1904

Background imageWeaving Collection: Silk Weaver 1855

Silk Weaver 1855
A Spitalfields weaver at work

Background imageWeaving Collection: Power Loom Weaving

Power Loom Weaving
Interior of cotton mill in Lancashire: power loom weaving- man and woman tend machine

Background imageWeaving Collection: Mahatma Gandhi sailing from Boulogne to Folkestone

Mahatma Gandhi sailing from Boulogne to Folkestone
Mahatma Gandhi, Indian nationalist and spiritual leader, sailing from Boulogne to Folkestone on 12 September 1931

Background imageWeaving Collection: Cotton Weaving / Lancs

Cotton Weaving / Lancs
Cotton weaving, Lancashire

Background imageWeaving Collection: First Weaving-Loom

First Weaving-Loom
The First Weaving-Loom

Background imageWeaving Collection: Diagram of a Jacquard loom, 1838-1845. Creator: Unknown

Diagram of a Jacquard loom, 1838-1845. Creator: Unknown
Diagram of a Jacquard loom, 1838-1845. French text: Explication de la mecanique a la Jacquard. Bascule ou levier aux fourchettes des quelles est enfilee une chaine fixee elle meme a la caisse de la

Background imageWeaving Collection: the spinners or the fable of Arachne Painting by Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velasquez

the spinners or the fable of Arachne Painting by Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velasquez
JLJ4665387 the spinners or the fable of Arachne Painting by Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velasquez (1599-1660), c. 1653. Sun. 2, 2x2, 89 m Madrid, Musee du Prado - The spinners or The fable of Arachne

Background imageWeaving Collection: Illustration of a woman weaving a rug on a loom

Illustration of a woman weaving a rug on a loom

Background imageWeaving Collection: Africa, Ghana, Volta Region. Kente cloths for sale in the Kente weavers village

Africa, Ghana, Volta Region. Kente cloths for sale in the Kente weavers village

Background imageWeaving Collection: Weaving Shed

Weaving Shed
A weaving shed in a Lancashire cotton mill. (Photo by Edward Gooch/Getty Images)

Background imageWeaving Collection: Jacquard loom, 1880s

Jacquard loom, 1880s
Woman worker using a mechanized Jacquard loom, 1880s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illlustration

Background imageWeaving Collection: No 9 Carriage Trimming Shop, c1930s

No 9 Carriage Trimming Shop, c1930s
Two ladies are sat weaving luggage racks for the carriages built at Swindon Works. The majority of women were employed at the Works in roles that required good dexterity and skill

Background imageWeaving Collection: The Unicorn is Killed and Brought to the Castle, c. 1500 (wool warp with wool, silk

The Unicorn is Killed and Brought to the Castle, c. 1500 (wool warp with wool, silk
3469071 The Unicorn is Killed and Brought to the Castle, c.1500 (wool warp with wool, silk, silver, and gilt wefts) by Netherlandish School (16th century)

Background imageWeaving Collection: Tompkins upright rotary knitting machine 1875

Tompkins upright rotary knitting machine 1875
Tompkins American family company, showing upright rotary knitting machine. Date: 1875

Background imageWeaving Collection: Waringstown, the Home of the Damask Weaving Industry

Waringstown, the Home of the Damask Weaving Industry - a street scene of the main street with horse vehicle broadside in the middle of the road

Background imageWeaving Collection: Amoskeag Corporation, Manchester, New Hampshire, USA

Amoskeag Corporation, Manchester, New Hampshire, USA
Weave room in No. 11 Mill (a textile mill) of the Amoskeag Corporation, Manchester, New Hampshire, USA. Date: 1911

Background imageWeaving Collection: ALASKA: WOMAN AND BASKETS. A Tlingit Native American woman in Yakutat, Alaska

ALASKA: WOMAN AND BASKETS. A Tlingit Native American woman in Yakutat, Alaska, holding a Haida crest hat and a bag on her lap while seated among baskets made by local villagers. Photographed c1900

Background imageWeaving Collection: Africa, Botswana, Okavango Delta, Jao Reserve, Tubu Tree. Colorful camp staff made reed baskets

Africa, Botswana, Okavango Delta, Jao Reserve, Tubu Tree. Colorful camp staff made reed baskets

Background imageWeaving Collection: Odyssey / Penelope / Gorguet

Odyssey / Penelope / Gorguet
Penelope with her maids, weaving a shroud for her father-in-law. (She unravelled this every night because she had promised to chose one of her Suitors as soon as it was completed)

Background imageWeaving Collection: Lancashire Spinning Mill Victorian period

Lancashire Spinning Mill Victorian period

Background imageWeaving Collection: The Workshop of a Weaver, 1656 (oil on canvas)

The Workshop of a Weaver, 1656 (oil on canvas)
IND113004 The Workshop of a Weaver, 1656 (oil on canvas) by Rombouts, Gillis (1630-78); Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, The Netherlands; Index Fototeca

Background imageWeaving Collection: A Chinese Tea Party (Furnishing Fabric), Manchester, c. 1854

A Chinese Tea Party (Furnishing Fabric), Manchester, c. 1854. Chinese-inspired design. Manufactured by Daniel Lee & Co

Background imageWeaving Collection: Haslam Weaving Co Ltd, Bolton, Lancashire

Haslam Weaving Co Ltd, Bolton, Lancashire
Concerning Cotton - Haslam Weaving Co Ltd Bolton, Lancashire - Factory. 1920

Background imageWeaving Collection: Lace curtains seen here being manufactured at an unknown Nottingham factory

Lace curtains seen here being manufactured at an unknown Nottingham factory. 14th March 1966

Background imageWeaving Collection: Hammersmith Carpet Weaving at Merton Abbey Works, . Creator: Unknown

Hammersmith Carpet Weaving at Merton Abbey Works, . Creator: Unknown
Hammersmith Carpet Weaving at Merton Abbey Works, late 19th century. Female weaver at a loom at Merton Abbey Mills in south London

Background imageWeaving Collection: Weaving Galway Bridge?

Weaving Galway Bridge?
Weaving (Galway Bridge?). Conor, William 1881-1968

Background imageWeaving Collection: Chinook Basket Maker - British Columbia, Canada

Chinook Basket Maker - British Columbia, Canada. The use of the word Kloochman on this postcard is an example of chinook jargon, meaning Wife. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageWeaving Collection: Carpets hanging outside shop in the medina, Essaouira, Morocco, North Africa, Africa

Carpets hanging outside shop in the medina, Essaouira, Morocco, North Africa, Africa

Background imageWeaving Collection: Le Meunier, Son Fils, et l'Ane (The Miller, His Son, and the Ass) (Furnishing Fabric), France, 1806

Le Meunier, Son Fils, et l'Ane (The Miller, His Son, and the Ass) (Furnishing Fabric), France, 1806. Designed by Jean Baptiste Huet after Jean Baptiste Oudry, manufactured by Oberkampf Manufactory

Background imageWeaving Collection: A weaver weaving fabric on a loom in a cottage

A weaver weaving fabric on a loom in a cottage. Handcoloured woodcut engraving from The Book of English Trades and Library of the Useful Arts, Phillips, London, 1818

Background imageWeaving Collection: Bee Skep making at Camelsdale, 1937

Bee Skep making at Camelsdale, 1937
Photograph by George Garland Garland Collection West Sussex Record Office Ref No: Garland N16139

Background imageWeaving Collection: Cotton Spinning I: Development of Spinning Machinery (engraving)

Cotton Spinning I: Development of Spinning Machinery (engraving)
XJF311273 Cotton Spinning I: Development of Spinning Machinery (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: 1. Indian Spinning-Wheel, 2. Saxony Spinning-Wheel, 3)

Background imageWeaving Collection: C12 Weaving

C12 Weaving
Weaving in 12th century England, while a flock of sheep are there to provide the wool Date: circa 1160

Background imageWeaving Collection: NAVAJO WEAVER, c1915. A Navajo woman weaving a blanket on a loom

NAVAJO WEAVER, c1915. A Navajo woman weaving a blanket on a loom, with a herd of sheep in the background. Photograph, c1915

Background imageWeaving Collection: An Indian woman weaving a carpet in small village by Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

An Indian woman weaving a carpet in small village by Lake Titicaca, Bolivia, South America

Background imageWeaving Collection: Weaving on street

Weaving on street, Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, Mexico, North America

Background imageWeaving Collection: Gobelins Tapestries

Gobelins Tapestries
Weaving tapestry at the Gobelins works, on the outskirts of Paris

Background imageWeaving Collection: Industry / Textiles / Wool

Industry / Textiles / Wool
Weaving at John Fosters mill, Bradford, Yorkshire, England

Background imageWeaving Collection: Woman winding up thread at weaving workshop on Lake Inle, Nyaungshwe Township

Woman winding up thread at weaving workshop on Lake Inle, Nyaungshwe Township, Taunggyi District, Shan State, Myanmar

Background imageWeaving Collection: Silk thread for weaving, Ock Pop Tok weaving centre, Luang Prabang, Laos

Silk thread for weaving, Ock Pop Tok weaving centre, Luang Prabang, Laos

Background imageWeaving Collection: Contemporary Azerbaijani carpet, Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum, Baku, Azerbaijan

Contemporary Azerbaijani carpet, Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum, Baku, Azerbaijan



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Weaving, an ancient art form that transcends time and cultures, has been a source of fascination for centuries. From the ethereal paintings of John William Waterhouse to the bustling cotton weaving sheds in Lancashire, the beauty and complexity of this craft never cease to amaze. In "I am half sick of shadows, " Waterhouse captures a moment frozen in time, where a woman delicately weaves her dreams into reality. Her nimble fingers dance across the loom, creating intricate patterns that mirror her inner thoughts. On the shores of Lough Neagh in Co. Antrim, basket weaving takes center stage. Skilled artisans expertly intertwine natural materials to fashion functional yet stunning pieces. Each basket tells a story - a testament to human ingenuity and creativity. Traveling across continents, we find ourselves in Ghana's Ashanti Region, specifically Kumasi. Here, vibrant colors and bold designs dominate as skilled weavers bring traditional Kente cloth to life. The rhythmic clatter of looms echoes through the air as history is woven thread by thread. Closer to home in Preston, Lancashire, cotton weaving sheds hum with activity. The steady rhythm of machinery blends with the skillful hands of workers at their looms. A symphony composed by industry and craftsmanship fills every corner. Venturing further westward brings us to Navajo Indian country in the USA. Witnessing firsthand how Navajo rugs are made is like stepping into another world altogether - one where tradition meets innovation seamlessly on wooden frames called vertical looms. Back again in Lancashire but this time transported back in time during the Victorian period stands a majestic spinning mill - an emblematic symbol of industrial revolution prowess. Cotton weavers tirelessly work at their looms amidst towering machines that spin tales both literal and metaphorical. Mahatma Gandhi's journey from Boulogne to Folkestone may seem unrelated at first glance; however it is during this voyage that he weaves the threads of his destiny.