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Museum of Mataró. Can Marfà Knit Fabric

Area 3. The start of knit fabric

Square loom used to manufacture socks, 19th century
Photo: © Museum of Mataró

Square loom used to manufacture socks, 19th century

Photo: © Museum of Mataró

Since the ancient world, knitting has been yet another element of traditional textiles, just like spinning, lacemaking, sewing and embroidery. The knit articles traditionally crafted at home, which were mostly used for family consumption, were knitted by hand using natural fibres like linen and wool and, after the 18th century, cotton. The most luxurious products, made with fibres like silk, were meant for the wealthier social classes and were commissioned to specialised artisans who worked in small studios using manually-operated machines.

OBJECTS

<p><strong>Cotton socks</strong></p>
<p>Late 18<sup>th</sup> century</p>
<p>Pilade Franceschi Collection</p>
<p>Photo: Museum of Matar&oacute;</p>
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Socks
Socks
<p><strong>Griswold circular loom</strong></p>
<p>1896-1898</p>
<p>The Griswold Stocking Knitter (England)</p>
<p>Photo: Eusebi Escarpenter. Museum of Matar&oacute;</p>
Griswold circular loom
Griswold circular loom
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