Manufacturing curiosities: jacquard | Cerruti 1881

As a result of the complexity of the machinery used to create them, these fabrics have unique designs which are created by our designers to make a garment worn for a special occasion even more exclusive.

Before the 1800S, looms were operated completely manually. Alongside the weaver, an assistant operated the levers at the side of the loom to lift the heddle to allow the weft yarn to pass. This procedure was so slow as to produce only 10 cm of fabric per day.

Later, in 1806, textile production was mechanised thanks to the invention of the Jacquard loom in which a perforated card commanded the movement of the heddles, permitting the creation of very complex designs while only one weaver was necessary for production. From this moment on, weavers left behind their status as artisans to be among the workers behind the Industrial Revolution.

With todays technology, looms are much bigger and much faster making it possible for the wool mill’s designers to create designs without limits. In Lanificio F.lli Cerruti 1881 weaving department, we have approximately 65 looms including the more traditional ones and also Jacquard looms.

Invented in 1804 by the genius of Joseph-Marie Jacquard, the Jacquard Loom is one of the most complicated textile machinery, and contributed to the transformation of textile weaving.

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