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Woven by Hand
Handloom weaving, and its place in the history of textile production.
Documentary 1970 11 mins
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To the sound of the rhythmic clatter of textile looms, this film gives a brief history of handloom weaving, and examines how the technology works. We take a detailed look at the flying shuttle and the more sophisticated method of Jacquard weaving, as weavers from Cartwright & Sheldon Ltd. of Macclesfield, and UMIST's Textile Technology Department demonstrate their expertise.
Textiles on Film
Home movie 1937 20 mins Silent Location: Llangollen
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Promotional 1951 13 mins Location: Oldham
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News 1975 1 mins Silent Location: Redruth
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News 1966 4 mins Location: Plymouth
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Promotional 1954 14 mins Location: Macclesfield
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Industry sponsored film 1940 18 mins Location: Macclesfield
Silk production in Cheshire, using time-tested methods to produce a perfect product.
Non-Fiction 1933 4 mins Location: Macclesfield
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Chorlton Road, Sponsored Walks and Youth Centre Construction Chorlton Road, Sponsored Walks and Youth Centre Construction
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Documentary 1973 15 mins
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Industry sponsored film 1957 20 mins
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Documentary 1952 30 mins
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Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
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Industry sponsored film 1957 9 mins
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