Automatic warping at Weavercraft, Bradford

Ian Beesley

Gelatine silver print entitled 'Automatic warping at Weavercraft, Bradford' by Ian Beesley. Produced for the commission `Through the Mill:, The Story of Yorkshire Wool in Photographs'. 1985-1987'.

Before the weaving process can begin the warp threads running vertically up and down the looms have to be wound tightly and side by side on to a horizontal roller called a warp beam. Each thread is passed through the eyes of the healds dependent upon the required design of the finished cloth. This was once a time consuming operation for the old handloom weaver but today's automatic warping machines have the job quickly done.

[Table 62: Through the Mill - The Story of Yorkshire Wool in Photographs, by Ian Beesley and Introduction by Gary Firth]


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silver gelatin print
The National Media Museum, Bradford

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