Online Textile History websites

In the course of compiling my Map of Textile Museums, I came across several websites with interesting textile history information but no actual bricks and mortar museum site, so I thought I would make this page to list them.

bobbin winder in textile museum

NEW: Interesting article about the Irish linen industry in Northern Ireland

Cottontown tells the story of a manufacturing process that started in isolated cottages on the wind and rain swept West Pennines and ended with derelict weaving sheds and the demolition of tall, soot blackened mill chimneys. In between was the boom time, when Cotton was King and Blackburn was the weaving capital of the world, when millionaire magnates lived in country mansions and the workers made the best of it in overcrowded, uncomfortable, unsanitary conditions.

The Textile Society – UK based website

Textile Society of America

The Fabric Museum – an online Fabric Museum

Knitting Together – the history of knitting in the East Midlands

Witney Blanket Story

Cotton Threads

Museum of Ancient Inventions – this has lots of links to textile related artifacts

Links relating to Welsh Woollen industry

Derwent Valley Mills

From Weaver to Web

Irish Historical Textiles

Fascinating article about curating fashion exhibits in museums – the links included in the article are worth following too.

The sites below used to be on this page but the links to them are now broken, but I’ve left them here for reference as by googling you may be able to find them on the Way Back Machine.

Spinning The Web – an online history of the cotton industry around Manchester, UK

Ingenious – has links to lots of historical textile artifacts

Virtual Plastics Museum

Virtual Sewing Machines Museum

Colour Experience – run by Society of Dyers and Colourists and gives information on dyeing and the textile industry.

8 Replies to “Online Textile History websites”

  1. Hello,

    A textile-related question here. About 25 years ago my husband picked up a little lavender sachet in a shop in York, near the Minster, made of cotton fabric with a silk-screened drawing of a boy chorister in robes on it – both front and back views. It seems to me that this type and style of print was available on a number of textile gift items in the 1970s, in England. Any idea what company produced these?

    Thank you.

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