1835 Paterson textile strike The 1835 Paterson textile strike took place in Paterson, New Jersey, involved more than 2,000 workers from 20 textile mills across the city.
1912 Lawrence Textile Strike The Lawrence Textile Strike was a strike of immigrant workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1912 led by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).
1921 Buckingham and Carnatic Mills Strike The 1921 Buckingham and Carnatic Mills Strike was a strike by the workers of Buckingham and Carnatic Mills in the city of Madras (now called Chennai), India, against the managing company, Binny ...
1926 Passaic Textile Strike The 1926 Passaic Textile Strike was a work stoppage by over 15,000 woolen mill workers in and around Passaic, New Jersey over wage issues in several factories in the vicinity.
American Woolen Company The American Woolen Company was established in 1899 under the leadership of William M. Wood and his father-in-law Frederick Ayer through the consolidation of eight financially troubled New Engla...
Armley Mills Industrial Museum The Armley Mills Leeds Industrial Museum is a museum of industrial heritage located in Armley, west Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.
Asa Lees Asa Lees was a firm of textile machine manufacturers in Oldham, Lancashire.
Bates Mill The Bates Mill is a textile factory company founded in 1850 and located at 35 Canal Street in Lewiston, Maine.
Benjamin Gott Benjamin Gott (24 June 1762 -14 February1840) was one of the leading figures in the industrial revolution, in the field of textiles.
Berkshire Hathaway Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is an American multinational conglomerate holding company headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, United States, that oversees and manages a number of subsidiary companies.
Bernat Mill The Bernat Mill, also known as Capron Mill, and later Bachman Uxbridge Worsted Company, was a yarn mill in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, USA, that was for the most part destroyed by fire ...
Beverly Cotton Manufactory The Beverly Cotton Manufactory was the first cotton mill to be built in America, and the largest cotton mill to be built during its era.
Boston Manufacturing Company The Boston Manufacturing Company was organized in 1813 by Francis Cabot Lowell, a wealthy Boston merchant, in partnership a group of investors known as The Boston Associates, for the manufacture...
Bradford Bradford lies at the heart of the City of Bradford, a metropolitan borough of West Yorkshire, in Northern England.
Bread and Roses Bread and Roses is a poem by James Oppenheim, first published in The American Magazine in December 1911, with the atribution line "'Bread for all, and Roses, too' -- a slogan of the wome...
Bynum, North Carolina Bynum is an unincorporated community in northeastern Chatham County, North Carolina, United States on the banks of the Haw River.
Carolina, Rhode Island Carolina is a village that straddles the border of the towns of Charlestown and Richmond on the Pawcatuck River in Washington County, Rhode Island.
Chantilly lace Chantilly lace is a handmade bobbin lace named after the city of Chantilly, France, in a tradition dating from the 17th century, though the most famous are...
Chromagraphy The chromagraphy is " the art to compose a drawing by means of lines and geometrical figures and to imitate it with colored materials ", according to Rouget de Lisle.
Clothing technology Clothing technology involves the manufacturing, materials, and design innovations that have been developed and used.
Coleman Manufacturing Company The Coleman Manufacturing Company was the first cotton mill in the United States owned and operated by African Americans, located in Concord, North Carolina.
Cotton Industry Act 1959 The United Kingdom Cotton Industry Act 1959 aimed to reorganise the Lancashire cotton industry to prevent its further decline.
Cotton mill A cotton mill is a factory housing powered spinning or weaving machinery for the production of yarn or cloth from cotton, an important product during the Industrial Revolution when the early mil...
Cotton-spinning machinery Cotton-spinning machinery refers to machines which process (or spin) prepared cotton roving into workable yarn or thread.
Cottonopolis Cottonopolis denotes a metropolis centred on cotton trading servicing the cotton mills in its hinterland.
Cromford Cromford is a village, two miles to the south of Matlock in the Derbyshire Dales district in Derbyshire, England.
Cumberland, Rhode Island Cumberland is the northeasternmost town in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States, first settled in 1635 and incorporated in 1746.
Daniel Bourn Daniel Bourn was an English inventor, who took out a patent for a carding machine with rotating cylinders in 1748.
Daniel Day Daniel Day was an American pioneer in woolen manufacturing.
Daniel Day (manufacturer) Daniel Day (1767 in Mendon Massachusetts – October 26, 1848 at Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts at age 81) was an American pioneer in woolen manufacturing.
David Wilkinson (machinist) David Wilkinson (January 5, 1771 - February 3, 1852) was a U.S. mechanical engineer who invented a lathe for cutting screw threads, which was extremely important in the development of the machi...
Derby Industrial Museum Derby Silk Mill, formerly known as Derby Industrial Museum, is a museum of industry and history in Derby, England.
Derby Silk Mill Derby Silk Mill, formerly known as Derby Industrial Museum, is a museum of industry and history in Derby, England.
Derwent Valley Mills Derwent Valley Mills is a World Heritage Site along the River Derwent in Derbyshire, England, designated in December 2001. It is administered by the Derwent Valley Mills Partnership.
Ditherington Flax Mill Ditherington Flax Mill, a Flax mill located in Ditherington, a suburb of Shrewsbury, England, is the oldest iron framed building in the world.
Draper Corporation The Draper Corporation was once the largest maker of power looms for the textile industry in the United States.
Eccles Shorrock Eccles Shorrock was born in Clitheroe in 1827. In the Shorrock family, Eccles was the second out of three generations. He was the nephew of the first Eccles Shorrock who owned a cotton mill in Darwen.
Edmund Cartwright Edmund Cartwright (24 April 1743 – 30 October 1823) was an English inventor.
Eli Whitney, Jr. Eli Whitney (December 8, 1765 – January 8, 1825) was an American inventor best known for inventing the cotton gin.
Erastus Brigham Bigelow Erastus Brigham Bigelow (April 2, 1814 – December 6, 1879) was an American inventor of weaving machines.
Francis Cabot Lowell (businessman) Francis Cabot Lowell (April 7, 1775 - August 10, 1817) was an American businessman for whom the city of Lowell, Massachusetts, is named.
Frank Vickerman Frank Vickerman was a man in the early 19th century who lived in West Yorkshire.
Frederick Ayer Frederick Ayer (born December 8, 1822, Ledyard, Connecticut; died March 14, 1918, Thomasville, Georgia) was an American businessman and the younger brother of patent medicine tycoon Dr. James Co...
Fries Cotton Mill The Fries Cotton Mill was also known as the Fries Cotton and Woolen Mill, the Salem Cotton Manufacturing Company and F&H Fries.
Geo. Hattersley Geo. Hattersley was a textile machinery manufacturer from Keighley, West Yorkshire in England, founded in 1789 and responsible for the Hattersley Standard Loom and other types of loom.
Girangaon Girangaon (Marathi: गिरणगाव, literally "mill village") was a name commonly used to refer to an area now part of central Mumbai, India, which at one time had almost 130 textile mills, with the ma...
Great Bombay Textile Strike The Great Bombay Textile Strike was a textile strike called on 18 January 1982 by the mill workers of Bombay under trade union leader Dutta Samant.
Hand spinning Spinning is an ancient textile art in which plant, animal or synthetic fibers are twisted together to form yarn.
Harold Walter Harold J. Walter, born in Colorado 1901, died in 1962, was an American textile manufacturer.
Hathaway Mills In 1888, Horatio Hathaway, founded the Hathaway Manufacturing Company at New Bedford, Massachusetts for the production of cotton textiles.
Hattersley loom The Hattersley loom was developed by George Hattersley and Sons of Keighley, West Yorkshire, England.
History of clothing and textiles Sources available for the study of the history of clothing and textiles include material remains discovered via archaeology; representation of textiles and their manufacture in art; and documents concerning the manufacture, acquisition, use, and trade of fabrics, tools, and finished garments.
History of silk According to Chinese tradition, the history of silk began in the 27th century BCE. Its use was confined to China until the Silk Road opened at some point during the later half of the first mill...
Horrocks loom William Horrocks, a cotton manufacturer of Stockport built a early power loom in 1803, based on the principles of Cartwright but including some significant improvements to cloth take up and in 1...
Howard & Bullough Howard & Bullough was a firm of textile machine manufacturers in Accrington, Lancashire.
Jacquard loom The Jacquard loom is a mechanical loom, invented by Joseph Marie Jacquard, first demonstrated in 1801, that simplifies the process of manufacturing textiles with complex patterns such as broc...
James B. Francis James Bicheno Francis (May 18, 1815 – September 18, 1892) was a British-American engineer, who invented the Francis turbine.
James Hargreaves James Hargreaves (1720–1778) was a weaver, carpenter and inventor in Lancashire, England.
James Henry Northrop James Henry Northrop, (8 May 1856 - 12 December 1940) was born in Keighley, West Yorkshire in the United Kingdom, where he worked in the textile industry.
Jedediah Strutt Jedediah Strutt (1726 – 7 May 1797) or Jedidiah Strutt – as he spelled it – was a hosier and cotton spinner from Belper, England.
Jerry Wheelock Jerry Wheelock was an early industrial pioneer in the Blackstone Valley of Massachusetts, a region that incubated the early American industrial revolution.
John Capron John Willard Capron was an American military officer in the infantry, state legislator, and textile manufacturer.
John Kay (flying shuttle) John Kay (17 June 1704 – c. 1779) was the inventor of the flying shuttle, which was a key contribution to the Industrial Revolution.
John Kay (spinning frame) John Kay was a clockmaker from Warrington, Lancashire, England known for the scandal associated with the invention of the spinning frame in 1767: an important stage in the development of textile...
John Lees (inventor) John Lees of Turf Lane, Royton, Lancashire was an English inventor who made a substantial improvement to machinery for carding cotton.
John Lombe John Lombe (Norwich, 1693 - Derby, November 20, 1722) was a silk spinner in the 18th century Derby, England.
John Marshall (industrialist) John Marshall (27 July 1765 – 6 June 1845) was a British businessman and politician from Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.
John Wyatt (inventor) John Wyatt (April 1700 – 29 November 1766), an English inventor, was born near Lichfield and was related to Sarah Ford, Doctor Johnson's mother.
Joseph Marie Jacquard Joseph Marie Charles dit (called or nicknamed) Jacquard (7 July 1752 – 7 August 1834) was a French weaver and merchant.
Kirk Boott Kirk Boott was an American Industrialist instrumental in the early history of Lowell, Massachusetts.
Lace Lace is an openwork fabric, patterned with open holes in the work, made by machine or by hand.
Lacemaking in Croatia Lacemaking in Croatia (Čipkarstvo u Hrvatskoj) is a tradition dating back to the Renaissance when lacemaking began spreading throughout the Mediterranean and continental Europe.
Lancashire Cotton Corporation The Lancashire Cotton Corporation was a company set up by the Bank of England in 1929, to rescue the Lancashire spinning industry by means of horizontal rationalisation.
Lancashire Cotton Famine The Lancashire Cotton Famine, also known as The Cotton Famine or the Cotton Panic, was a depression in the textile industry of North West England, brought about by the interruption o...
Lancashire Loom The Lancashire Loom was a semi-automatic power loom invented by James Bullough and William Kenworthy in 1842.
Lea Mills John Smedley is the name of four generations of owners of Lea Mills, near Matlock, Derbyshire.
Lewis Paul Lewis Paul was the original inventor of roller spinning, the basis of the water frame for spinning cotton in a cotton mill.
Lieven Bauwens Lieven Bauwens (14 June 1769, Ghent – 17 March 1822, Paris) was a Belgian entrepreneur and industrial spy who was sent to Great Britain at a young age and brought a spinning mule and skilled ...
Lowell Mill Girls The "Lowell Mill Girls" (or "Factory Girls," as they called themselves) were female workers who came to work for the textile corporations in Lowell, Massachusetts, during the Industrial Revoluti...
Lowell, Massachusetts Lowell is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA. As of 2012, the city's estimated population was 108,522.
Luddite The Luddites were 19th-century English textile artisans who protested against newly developed labour-saving machinery from 1811 to 1817.
Luke Taft Luke Taft was an industrial pioneer in the manufacture of woolens in 19th century New England.
Manchester, New Hampshire Manchester is the largest city in the U.S. state of New Hampshire, the tenth largest city in New England, and the largest city in northern New England, an area comprising the states of Maine, Ne...
Marshall's Mill Marshall's Mill is a former flax spinning mill on Marshall Street in Holbeck, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.
Mason Machine Works The Mason Machine Works was a machinery manufacturing company located in Taunton, Massachusetts between 1845 and 1944.
Mill town A mill town, also known as factory town or mill village, is typically a settlement that developed around one or more mills or factories (usually cotton mills or factories producing ...
Moses Taft Moses Taft 2nd was born at Uxbridge, Massachusetts.
Mule spinners' cancer Mule spinners' cancer or mule-spinners' cancer was a cancer, an epithelioma of the scrotum.
Museum L-A The full name of Museum L-A is the Museum L-A: The Story of Work and Community in Lewiston-Auburn.
Museum of Science and Industry (Manchester) The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, England, is a large museum devoted to the development of science, technology, and industry with emphasis on the city's achievements in these fields.
North Uxbridge, Massachusetts North Uxbridge is a village, and post office, in the town, (township) of Uxbridge in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States.
Northrop Loom The Northrop Loom was a fully automatic power loom marketed by George Draper and Sons, Hopedale, Massachusetts beginning in 1895.
Oliver Chace Oliver Chace (August 24, 1769 – May 21, 1852) was the founder of several New England textile manufacturing companies in the early 19th century, including the Valley Falls Company, the original a...
On est au coton On est au coton is a documentary film directed by Denys Arcand in 1970, about the conditions of workers in the textile industry in Quebec.
Parsley Peel Robert Peel (1723 – 12 September 1795), commonly known as Parsley Peel, was an influential cotton mill owner and grandfather to Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Baronet, future prime minister of ...
Patrick Tracy Jackson Patrick Tracy Jackson (14 August 1780 – 12 September 1847) was a United States manufacturer, one of the founders of the Boston Manufacturing Company of Waltham, Massachusetts, and later a founde...
Paul C. Whitin Col. Paul Whitin, (1767–1831) was a skilled blacksmith and pioneering industrialist who in 1831 in Northbridge, Massachusetts.
Peter Drinkwater Peter Drinkwater (1750–15 November 1801) was an English cotton manufacturer and merchant.
Philip Sidney Stott Sir Philip Sidney Stott, 1st Baronet (20 February 1858–31 March 1937), usually known as Sidney Stott until 1920, was an English architect, civil engineer and surveyor.
Phillipsdale Historic District The Phillipsdale Historic District encompasses a historic mill village along the Seekonk River in East Providence, Rhode Island. The village grew up around the Richmond Paper Company Mill Complex, built 1883-1887, which is separately listed on the National Register.
Platt Brothers Platt Brothers & Co Ltd, (also known as Platt Bros. of Oldham) was a British company based at Oldham, in North West England.
Pontiac Mills Pontiac Mills is a historic textile mill complex on Knight Street in the village of Pontiac, Rhode Island within the city of Warwick, Rhode Island.
Power loom A power loom is a mechanised loom powered by a line shaft.
Quarry Bank Mill Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire, England, is one of the best preserved textile mills of the Industrial Revolution and is now a museum of the cotton industry.
Rapier loom Rapier loom is a stationary package of yarn is used to supply the weft yarns in the rapier machine.
Renfrew Mill No. 2 The Renfrew Mill No. 2 was a historic mill complex at 217 Columbia Street in Adams, Massachusetts.
Richard Arkwright Sir Richard Arkwright (23 December 1732 – 3 August 1792) was a self-made man and a leading entrepreneur during the early Industrial Revolution.
Richard Mowry Richard Mowry (February 11, 1748 – January 24, 1835) became an Uxbridge farmer, in Worcester County, Massachusetts, who 'successfully built and marketed equipment to manufacture woolen, li...
Ring spinning Ring spinning is a method of spinning fibres, such as cotton, flax or wool, to make a yarn.
Room and power mill A room and power mill was a type of textile mill found in Lancashire region of England in the 19th century.
Rowland G. Hazard Rowland Gibson Hazard (October 9, 1801 – June 24, 1888) was an American industrialist, politician, and social reformer.
Royal Mill Royal Mill, which is located on the corner of Redhill Street and Henry Street, Ancoats, in Manchester, England, is an early-twentieth-century cotton mill, one of the last of "an internationally...
Saco-Lowell Shops The Saco-Lowell Shops was once one of the largest textile machine manufacturers in the United States.
Salts Mill Salt's Mill is an art gallery, shopping and restaurant complex located in Saltaire, Bradford, West Yorkshire, England.
Samuel Crompton Samuel Crompton (3 December 1753 – 26 June 1827) was an English inventor and pioneer of the spinning industry.
Samuel Greg Samuel Greg (26 March 1758 – 4 June 1834) was a British entrepreneur and a pioneer of the factory system at Quarry Bank Mill.
Samuel Slater Samuel Slater (June 9, 1768 – April 21, 1835) was an early English-American industrialist known as the "Father of the American Industrial Revolution" (a phrase coined by Andrew Jackson), t...
Samuel Touchet Samuel Touchet (ca. 1705–28 May 1773) was an English cotton merchant, manufacturer and politician.
Shirley Institute The Shirley Institute was established in 1920 as the British Cotton Industry Research Association at The Towers in Didsbury, Manchester as a research centre dedicated to cotton production ...
Sir Philip Stott, 1st Baronet Sir Philip Sidney Stott, 1st Baronet (20 February 1858–31 March 1937), usually known as Sidney Stott until 1920, was an English architect, civil engineer and surveyor.
Sir Robert Peel, 1st Baronet Sir Robert Peel, 1st Baronet (25 April 1750 – 3 May 1830), was a British politician and industrialist and one of early textile manufacturers of the Industrial Revolution.
Spinning mule The spinning mule, is a machine used to spin cotton and other fibres in the mills of Lancashire and elsewhere.
Stanley Woolen Mill Stanley Woolen Mill is the common historic name applied to a defunct company based in southeastern Massachusetts and to the company's buildings which stand at the southern entrance to the Blacks...
Stocking frame A stocking frame was a mechanical knitting machine used in the textiles industry.
Stott The Stotts were a family of architects from Oldham, North West England, who specialised in the design of cotton mills.
Stott and Sons Stott and Sons was an architectural practice in Greater Manchester between 1847 and 1931.
Sykes Bleaching Company The Sykes Bleaching Company was a cotton bleaching business established in Edgeley, near Stockport in 1792 which grew to become one of the largest bleaching enterprises in the United Kingdom.
Temple Works Temple Works is a former flax mill in Holbeck, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.
The Rhode Island System The Rhode Island System refers to a system of mills, complete with small villages and farms, ponds, dams, and spillways first developed by Samuel Slater and his brother John Slater.
Thomas Highs Thomas Highs (1718–1803), of Leigh, Lancashire, was a reed-maker and manufacturer of cotton carding and spinning engines in the 1780s, during the Industrial Revolution.
Thomas Warren Thomas Warren (fl. 1727–1767) was an English bookseller, printer, publisher and businessman.
Throstle frame The throstle frame was a spinning machine for cotton, wool, and other fibers, differing from a mule in having a continuous action, the processes of drawing, twisting, and winding being carried o...
Timeline of clothing and textiles technology This timeline of clothing and textiles technology covers the events of fiber and flexible woven material worn on the body; including making, modification, usage, and knowledge of tools, machines...
Titus Salt Sir Titus Salt, 1st Baronet (20 September 1803 – 29 December 1876), born in Morley, near Leeds, was a manufacturer, politician and philanthropist in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England.
Torr Vale Mill Torr Vale Mill is a Grade II* listed former cotton mill located in New Mills, Derbyshire, England.
Tweedales & Smalley Tweedales and Smalley was a manufacturer of textile machinery in Castleton, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, in England.
Uxbridge, Massachusetts Uxbridge is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts first settled in 1662, incorporated in 1727, originally part of Suffolk County, and Mendon, and named for the Earl of Uxbridge.
Valley Falls Company The Valley Falls Company was founded in 1839 by Oliver Chace, in Valley Falls, Rhode Island, an historic mill village on both sides of the Blackstone River, within the modern-day town of Cumberl...
Wakefield Wakefield is a city and the main settlement and administrative centre of the City of Wakefield, a metropolitan district of West Yorkshire, England.
Walker Woolen Mill The Walker Woolen Mill was built in Wilton, Maine in 1840, using virgin and virtually extinct forest pine from the southern United States.
Waltham-Lowell system The Waltham-Lowell system was a labor and production model employed in the United States, particularly in New England, during the early years of the American textile industry in the early 19th ...
Water frame The water frame is the name given to a water-powered spinning frame developed by Richard Arkwright, who patented the technology in 1769.
Wauregan, Connecticut Wauregan is a village located in the northwestern corner of the town of Plainfield, Connecticut in the United States.
Weaving shed A weaving shed is a distinctive type of single storey mill developed in the early 1800s in Lancashire, Derbyshire and Yorkshire to accommodate the new power looms weaving cotton, silk, woollen a...
Whitin Machine Works The Whitin Machine Works was founded by Paul Whitin and his sons in 1831 on the banks of the Mumford River in South Northbridge, Massachusetts.
Whitinsville, Massachusetts Whitinsville is an unincorporated village and census-designated place (CDP) on the Mumford River, a tributary of the Blackstone River, in the town of Northbridge in Worcester County, Massachuset...
William Henry Perkin Sir William Henry Perkin, FRS (12 March 1838 – 14 July 1907) was an English chemist best known for his accidental discovery, at the age of 18, of the first aniline dye, mauveine.
William Lee (inventor) William Lee (was born 1563 – died 1614) was an English clergyman and inventor who devised the first stocking frame knitting machine in 1589, the only one in use for centuries.
William Madison Wood William M. Wood (1858 – February 2, 1926) was a textile mill owner of Lawrence, Massachusetts who was considered to be an expert in efficiency.
William McConnel William McConnel was an industrialist and mill-owner from Lancashire, England.
William Radcliffe William Radcliffe (1761?, Mellor, Derbyshire – 20 May 1842, Stockport) was a British inventor and author of the essay Origin of the New System of Manufacture, Commonly Called Power loom Weaving.
Wool combing machine The wool combing machine was invented by Edmund Cartwright, the inventor of the power loom, in Doncaster.