Posted on May 29, 2014 by Emma Nicolson
We came across this fantastic short film about weaving that dates from 1941. All of the processes featured are still carried out today, and all the machinery looks very familiar too! From the sheep on the hill, the film follows sorting, scouring, carding, blending, spinning, weaving and finishing.
The Original Description is as follows:
Scotland's Woollen Industry
'From all over the world comes wool for Border looms. The theme of this film of the Scottish woollen industry is the weaving of Border cloth. From the preliminary grading and scouring of the wool, the blending of dyes, and the spinning of yarn, each process is described in detail.'
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1942-43)
Deep in the Spey Valley, Knockando Woolmill continues an unbroken 200 year old tradition, producing woven fabric on its historic looms.
Knockando Woolmill has always been at the heart of the local community. Listed as the 'Wauk Mill' in parish records from 1784, the mill has since maintained its traditions of spinning and weaving through generations of families.
All profits go to the Knockando Woolmill Trust to ensure the future of the Woolmill.
Scottish Charity No. SC030167