Lyon Silk Weaving (1923 - 1928)

Loir, J.

Theorie du Tissage des Etoffes de Soie.

Published: Lyon, J. Desvigne & Co. / Desforges, 1923-1928.

Date: 1923 - 1928

Three volumes folio, complete. Volume 1: 129pp., 69 plates. Volume 2: 354pp., 106 mounted fabric samples. Volume 3: 398pp., 50 mounted fabric samples. All fabric samples are present. Numerous text illustrations, many coloured. Handsome half calf with contrasting labels. Excellent condition throughout.

Published over a six year period, this instructional book on weaving silk was the fruit of 30 years of experience of its author, who was Director of Weaving at the Ecole Superieure de Lyon. Lyon had been an important centre for silk since the 15th century and by the 18th century had become the silk-weaving capital of Europe. In early 19th century the introduction of the Jacquard method of producing figured fabrics by the use of perforated cards revolutionises weaving techniques and led to the further expansion of the silk industry in Lyon. The work is divided into three parts: weaving, design, and machinery. The first part includes plates of design sources, machinery, and patterns; the second and third parts include silk samples in various colors, weaves and designs. In addition to the samples are coloured figures of patterns, charts, design layouts, and set-ups for the Jacquard loom.


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