What is Jacquard?
Jacquard is a process of weaving, invented by Joseph Marie Jacquard in 1804. This process can be used to automatically weave textiles on a loom, which adds greater control and precision. Unlimited varieties of weaving can be used as one or in combination. This process uses a paper band which is perforated which represents the crossing of one string over another. A combination of these perforations creates a pattern. A combination of patterns creates the design on a textile. Jacquard is special because many weave types can be used to give character and depth to a design. This Jacquard process of using perforated cards was based on earlier inventions as long ago as 1725.
In the late 19th century, the idea of using perforated cards to “program” a loom was used to create a new technology: the Analytical Engine, invented by Charles Babbage. You might be more familiar with the evolution of the “Analytical Engine”, which eventually became the Computer. IBM used these punched cards to give a computer program instructions in the 1940’s. These types of computers were still in use up to the mid-1980’s.
What are Crystal Arrow’s textiles used for?
Our tea towels are 100% usable kitchen dish towels. However, many people find them too pretty to dry dishes with, so have found various other uses. Some of our customers have framed them, hung them as tapestries, sewn them onto jackets, sewn them into pillows or curtains, and used them as table dressings. The possibilities are endless!
What is the composition of these textiles?
Where are they made?
They are loomed in Czech Republic, Europe.
Who designs them?
Our family designs them.
Why are they special?
Our tea towels are old fashioned products from the times of our great-grandparents. The designs are not printed but are intricately woven.
They are sought out by kitchen professionals for their high absorbency, ability to dry quickly and for their durability. Their luxurious beauty is also a reason..
They are family designed and woven on old looms in Czech Republic. Those old looms still use traditional paper punched cards for transforming the pattern into a weave.
Modern looms have computers built in them and are very fast. However we believe that the slow traditional way still has its advantages. Sometimes less is more. Careful attention to every detail and quality is still sought out by many of our customers...
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EXCEPTION - For sanitary reasons, we cannot accept any returns on Face Masks unless they arrive damaged or defective.