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Definition of a tapestry. How to recognise a good tapestry. Where to find the most famous tapestries. Glossary

 
Where and when the first tapestries were created. How they developed in Europe. History and development of weaving techniques.
 
Detailed descriptions and pictures which illustrate the process from the yarn to the finished tapestry.
 
Advice and techniques on how to look after tapestries. How to avoid the most common mistakes.
 
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The Technique

 

Since the 14th century until the 19th century, tapestries were made by expert craftsmen on proper looms, with a manufacture completely realized by hand.

With the introduction of power looms and of the Jacquard tecnique of weaving, tapestry widely spread thanks to the automation: the low costs of production let also many "middle class" houses display these refined "Clothes of Arras".

To know more, it is coming up a document with the history and development of weaving tecnologies!

Afterwards is described the production process, that starting from the yarn, goes to the finished tapestry and Jacquard border.

Soft bobbin (already dyed) for dye house
 

The yarn is the primary element to manufacture every kind of fabric.

It usually arrives in the factory on soft bobbins that are later dyed in the colours needed for the production of the fabric.

The bearing for the bobbins is holed to let the dye touch every single fibre of yarn.

 

Holed bearing for soft bobbins

Detail of the winder
 

With a machine called winder the soft tapered cones are turned in hard super conic bobbins, to let a better unwinding of the threads in the following manufactures.

 

   
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