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The Technique


The yarn goes through the eyelets of the looms, that are carried by the setting.

The Jacquard machine orders the setting to lift or lower the single looms, following the drawing outlined on cardboards by means of the binary instructions that they order.

In the period print on the right we see a loom where we can clearly discern the cardboards that starting from above, go through the Jacquard machine and fold away on the floor.



Cardboards installed on the loom

Every cardboards is used to insert a weft.

The hole on the cardboard lets the corresponding hook get up and this induces the lifting of the warp yarn.

The absence of the hole on the cardboard (in this case the hole is called "full") lets the loom and the parallel thread down.

The cardboards are very important resources and in the past they required time, effort and ability to be made.

In the historical manufactures many cardboards date back even to the end of the 19th century!

Time and wear can damage these works, but thanks to the duplicating machine is possible to copy an old and ruined cardboard on a new one.


Detail of the scheduling cardboards


Cardboards duplicating machine

Detail of the duplication machine
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