The book of trades; or, Familiar descriptions of the most useful trades, manufactures, and arts practised in England : and the manner in which the workmen perform their various employments.
(undated, inscribed 1829)
The weaver., p. 89
89 THE WEAVER. The origin of this art is very ancient, and is frequently mentioned in the Scriptures ; hlut, like all other professions, has undergone a variety of improvements. England, how- ever, does not stand in such high reputation for this article of manufacture as some other nations, particularly in the silk and figure weaving. The cotton weaving of this country nevertheless stands unrivalled. The art of spinning and silk weaving is said to have been brought first to England about the fifteenth century; at which period a com- pany of women, called silk women, first established this art in London. Soon after, men began to engage in it, and our silk ma- nufactories soon arrived at great perfection, Common weaving requires very little abi- lities; but weaving of damasks, velvets, flowered silks, &c. require a person possess- ing some talent; and those who are able to draw their own patterns, find it of great advantage. Journeymen weavers can earn from twenty to thirty shillings, with industry, ,per week; but this greatly depends on their work. The spinning and throwing of silk is principally performed by women and chil- dren; in some of our manufactories a great number, of all ages, are employed.
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