Kylemore Abbey is a Benedictine monastery founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle, in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. The abbey was founded for Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I. The current Mother Abbess of the Benedictine Community is Mary Margaret Funk.Kylemore Castle was built as a private home for the family of Mitchell Henry, a wealthy doctor from London, whose family was in textile manufacturing from Manchester, England.
Not so many years ago Art of the Loom was reborn out of a need to dedicate a brand to pure, natural fibre fabrics and this ethical voyage of discovery has enabled us to really make a difference to the UK textile manufacturing and finishing industry. We really are doing all we can to enable you to ‘Buy British’.
Opening our Building 14 facility has shown us the need for an educational training program around textile manufacturing—and even greater—for a community of makers. After much struggle, success, learning, and growing, we are proud to announce an important new partnership between Nest—a non-profit organization that partners with the world’s most promising artisans to build sustainable businesses that have positive social impact—and The School of Making. Learn more about their work, our…
Nottingham Trent University (NTU) in the U.K. has done extensive research in e-yarns and e-textiles. It’s expertise in advanced textiles includes textile fiber materials, digital textile manufacturing processes and garment making. Photo: NTU.
On May 20, 1873, Strauss and Davis received a U.S. patent for using copper rivets to strengthen the pockets of denim work pants. Levi Strauss & Co. began manufacturing the famous Levi’s brand of jeans, using fabric from a textile manufacturing company in Manchester, New Hampshire.