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storytelling with textile artisans in cape town


storytelling with textile artisans in cape town


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HANDFRAME IMPROVEMENTS When the large frames (enabling the production of approximately 6 stockings at once) took off, small handframes could not compete because they were narrower and could produce only one stocking at once. At those times, the Luddites were English frame knitters (or self- employed weavers who feared the end of their trade) who smashed these frames, as an act of protest against newly developed labour-economizing technologies, primarily between 1811 and 1816. However, if caught breaking the handframes, they were deported to Australia for several years, and may never return. That could be the first link to Australia, in about 1800s. Then, because deporting the Luddites became too expensive, it was decided to hang them in Nottingham instead. One of Hurt’s handframes had new woodwork at this time. When Mr Hurt started working in the factory there were only handframes; probably the oldest machine they still have in the factory is 400 years old. Nowadays they use them only as demonstration, to teach students how to use them, but these machines are very delicate and need respectful handling.


indigi designs


shine shine


HANDFRAME IMPROVEMENTS When the large frames (enabling the production of approximately 6 stockings at once) took off, small handframes could not compete because they were narrower and could produce only one stocking at once. At those times, the Luddites were English frame knitters (or self- employed weavers who feared the end of their trade) who smashed these frames, as an act of protest against newly developed labour-economizing technologies, primarily between 1811 and 1816. However, if caught breaking the handframes, they were deported to Australia for several years, and may never return. That could be the first link to Australia, in about 1800s. Then, because deporting the Luddites became too expensive, it was decided to hang them in Nottingham instead. One of Hurt’s handframes had new woodwork at this time. When Mr Hurt started working in the factory there were only handframes; probably the oldest machine they still have in the factory is 400 years old. Nowadays they use them only as demonstration, to teach students how to use them, but these machines are very delicate and need respectful handling.


skinny laminx


bbellamy & bbellamy


lichen & leaf


township®


try|anglez


“increased support for and, awareness of, local brands will help to sustain existing jobs and create new ones in the SA textile and fashion industry, which has been struggling to deal with competition from abroad. Wear only ZA!� bryan ramkilawan (cape town fashion council)


thank you baie dankie


Francesco Mazzarella PhD researcher at Loughborough Design School Funded by the AHRC Design Star CDT Supervised by Carolina Escobar-Tello & Val Mitchell Locally advised by Talita Weideman With the valuable contribution of all the artisans who kindly gave their time, knowledge and enthusiasm for this project.

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