Of ancestors and the silk trade

A brief update:  my mother has been researching our ancestry, and tells me that my great-grandmother’s sister Louisa married into a French Huguenot family of silk weavers, who had left France in the 1700s.  They (and successive generations) worked as silk weavers in the Bethnal Green area of London until the silk weaving industry suffered a decline in the 19th century.
Maybe this fascination with silk is genetic.  Maybe these silk fabrics really have come home to me.

Interesting indeed.  Thanks, Mum x

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12 Responses to Of ancestors and the silk trade

  1. maggi says:

    What a wonderful insight.

  2. jude says:

    a significant thread.

  3. Barbara says:

    Hi Karen,I love these posts about the old silk and even more so with the research that you mom is doing. How wonderful what she has been able to accomplish so much.The photos of the silk are wonderful and perhaps the fascination is much more than what it appears.Very best wishes,Barbara

  4. Amo House says:

    Just catching up with your silk journey Karen. Really facinating stuff. It would be lovely to think an ancestor had handled what you are handling now. You really should go to the 3rd floor and the textile room at the V&A!

  5. Kayla coo says:

    I love vintage textiles.Beautiful fabric Karen and interesting to learn about it's history.

  6. Kaite says:

    we all return to our roots eventually, even unknowingly…k.

  7. Sweetpea says:

    Wow. Much food for thought there….

  8. Patty says:

    I just finished a British mysteryinvolving the French weavers whoemigrated to London, a fabric artistand other fabric links-Neccesary as Blood by Debra Crowley. Good read!

  9. Karen Turner says:

    Amo, will definitely go to the V & A next time I'm in London (haven't been for over 20 years!). Patty, that sounds interesting, thank you.

  10. karen says:

    I always maintain that it's in the blood, the history of us.

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