Saturday, 7th September 2019 sees Sudbury celebrating
Silk in Sudbury
Discover Sudbury’s long tradition of silk weaving that stretches back to the 1780’s. Records show that by 1844 there were four silk manufacturers and 600 silk looms and it is still a thriving industry today with four working silk mills: Gainsborough Silk Weaving Company, The Humphries Weaving Company, Stephen Walters & Sons and Vanners Silks.
The festival coincides with Heritage Open Days and there will be properties open to the public. You will be able to go inside buildings that were silk weavers cottages and textile merchants houses and visit current silk mill shops.
Sudbury Silk Festival celebrates the rich history of silk weaving in Sudbury with a day-long programme of exhibitions, talks, silk walks, a silk architectural heritage walk and workshops.
Special talks will include an introduction to silk weaving from one of the silk mills in the town.
We here at May Berkouwer Textile Conservation will have a stand too, in St. Peter’s Church! Do come along and see us and enjoy the whole of the day’s exhibitions.
More information can be found via www.sudburysilkfestival.org.uk