Reading too much

The sad truth and hard reality of hand loom weaving in Ulster, especially around south Down / South Armagh.
I actually spoke to John McAtasny in 1994/1995 when I came home from art school and was looking to buy a loom. He called as he saw my want ad in the local paper – not because he had one for sale, (he wasn’t going to part with the ones he had!) but more for curiousity…like a ping in the darkness to a fellow soul involved in a dying tradition.


2 thoughts on “Reading too much

    1. All sad and true. Cottage weaving died with the industrial revolution and I suppose rural Ireland and Scotland were the last to fall.
      I went to Avoca mill a few years ago, they had a room full of handloom weavers….and then another room with a couple of booming, power jacquards and dobbies – The realities of modern business.

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