A new micro manufacturing project which will celebrate the rich textile heritage of Leeds and Yorkshire, has been launched at Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills.
Bringing together a unique mixture of expert skill and material from the region, the aim of the project is to create high quality cloth using the machinery of a 1921 Hattersley ‘Standard Loom’.
Developed through a collaboration between Leeds Industrial Museum and Yorkshire Textiles by designer Susan Gaunt, the ‘Armley Mills Cloth’ is produced with 100 per cent British wool yarn spun by Laxtons Yarns, a specialist yarn manufacturer in Guiseley and Sunny Bank Mill Textile Archive, a business in Farsley.
Set to be made available in a number of colourways, the production of the cloth will also enable textile students to have hands on experience of the weaving and design process and learn the skills and creative processes needed to produce woollen and worsted woven textiles.
Boasting a rich history in textiles, the industry still employs 14,000 people within the Leeds City Region and is also home to over 60 pc of the UK’s textile fibre preparation and spinning and finishing.
Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive member for leisure and skills, said: “Our city has a very rich history in the textiles industry, and it is exciting therefore that a 1921 Hattersley Loom will be used to produce its very own ‘Armley Mills Cloth’.
“Textile design students will also be given the opportunity to have hands on experience, and I’m looking forward to seeing the first items of cloth featuring materials from local companies in Leeds, that are produced from one of our looms.”