Martin Gregory, a HIAS member who
travelled with us, has offered to write
a factual report on the visit to the
Horse Hair Factory which will appear in
the spring issue of the HMG newsletter.
Meanwhile, here are some of our membersí
comments on their favourite bits of the
I canít get over the tiny hook that dips
into the strands to pick up one single
hair which is snatched in ultra quick
time to create a weft in the cloth;
those machinery movements are
John has already backed the winner. I
thought the hair picker was pure magic.
Also, I was mesmerised by the huge drum
that they wind the Egyptian cotton warp
on to at the start of the process. John
Boyd Textiles Factory is a truly
It was a fascinating site. I remember
horsehair cloth upholstery on chairs and
trams as a little boy but seeing it
woven still was remarkable.
Our grateful thanks are extended to the
staff of the John Boyd Textiles Factory
for allowing us to see the manufacture
of, and learn about, their art.