How Jacquard and GRENADINE Tie Fabrics Were Originally Made -- A MUST SEE

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  1. jrd617

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    I was watching this excellent BBC documentary on entropy and information that just happens to include a section on the 18th century jacquard loom (one of the first "information technologies").

    Very cool video. Jacquard looms were able to produce insanely detailed fabrics for their day, almost as precise as pixels.

    The section on jacquard looms starts around the 9:30 mark in the video below









    Punch cards:

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    The same principles go into the production of jacquard fabrics that Turnbull & Asser uses today:


    http://store.turnbullandasser.co.uk/Materials_and_styling/Jacquard_Weave.html


    Pierce Brosnan's Turnbull & Asser tie. Don't know if this is technically the same kind of jacquard.

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    This loomed portrait of Jacquard would later be referred to as "The Most Famous Image in the Early History of Computing." It took 27,000 punch cardsto make. Ridiculously complex :teach:

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    Punch cards would later provide input for the first programmable computer, ENIAC

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    So there you have it, a link between classical menswear and computer history!
     
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    Looks like an interesting program. Thanks.
     


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    Drakes jacquard tie. The dot design is very simple considering what early Jacquard looms were capable of producing (the famous portrait above, etc.)

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    Thanks for posting this!
     


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    Very interesting program.

    I have visited an old silk loom that is still in use in Lyon today - it was a lot of fun to see it.

    Also the Lyon silk museum is worth visiting.

    These days silk looms for complex patterns are still jacquard style but more modern. So almost every silk weaver in the world uses them but a more modern version.

    Dobby looms are typically used for simple solids and stripes.
     


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    Interesting, so they must look more like this

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    What about grenadine? Is it loomed on different machinery?
     


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