Saturday, August 31, 2013

K. A. Almgren Silk Mill

Approaching the end of our trip I was taken along to see the K.A. Almgren Silk Mill in the Stockholm suburb of Slussen.  The facility is a Jacquard silk production loom from 1862 and what I found particularly interesting is that local crafts people still use the facility to make silk so, unlike many other historical museums, you can talk to people who know how the equipment is used.  The Jacquard loom uses a chain of punchcards to drive the headles and create different patterns automatically, greatly increasing production speed.  This type of museum is fascinating to me because it shows how a very sophisticated product can be produced from fairly simple materials.  Most of the equipment is timber framed and made by hand.