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The Work Of  The Weavers

tartan weave"If it wasna for the weavers what wad they do?

They wadna hae claith made oot o' oor woo',

They wadna hae a coat neither black or blue,

Ginit wasna for the wark o' the weavers."

(David Shaw, died 1856)

Weaving was traditionally man's work. From the 1780's until the early 19th century the most skilled handloom weavers enjoyed a privileged position.

Their status as the aristocrats of labour is suggested by the pseudo-heraldic symbols of their trade.

The weavers owed their position to the power spinning machinery which produced large quantities of cheap yarn.

This allowed the weavers to command high prices as demand grew for finished cloth.

By about 1820 there were some 50,000 handlooms in operation, but only 2000 powerlooms.

To help improve the quality of weaving, societies such as Glasgow Highland Society awarded prizes and medals to promising craftsmen.

Many weavers were members of literary, debating and sporting societies, and were staunch supporters of radical politics.

Several weaver-poets, such as Robert Tannahill from Paisley, produced popular works.

The decline began when strikes to fix rates of pay failed in 1812.

Weavers' wages began to fall dramatically after 1820 as immigration to the weaving towns created a labour surplus.

By the 1840s, when powerlooms had been perfected, the handloom weavers of Scotland had declined to destitution and near extinction.

For more information about the weavers, contact the team at Millsom and Main today 

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