American Textiles

I’ve always been fascinated by the manufacturing process – the maker in me has an obsession with seeing how things are made. Christopher Payne‘s photographic series Textiles gives us a rare peek inside the few remaining textile mills in America’s Northeast. The architect trained photographer spent 5 years exploring and documenting mills that date back as far as the Civil War. From a lace factory in Rhode Island to Woolrich’s original woolen mill in Pennsylvania, each photo has me utterly captivated. It’s humbling to see the amount of complex detail and precision it takes to create the clothing on our backs and the rugs under our feet. And just look at this photo of the bright fuchsia wool being carded . . . doesn’t it make you want to reach out and touch it?!

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Made in USA: Textiles

Made in USA: Textiles

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Made in USA: Textiles

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Made in USA: Textiles

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Made in USA: Textiles

Leavers Lace, West Greenwich, RI

Made in USA: Textiles

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  1. Michelle wrote:

    I find the first picture the most captivating because of the shining bright colour of the lilac in contrast to the grey surroundings. Interesting photos!
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  2. Mun wrote:

    Wow, really fascinating.

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  3. I’d love to spend an entire day, no week there just watching and learning. Great post!

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  4. Gemma wrote:

    Fascinating insight from truly stunning photographs!! Really interesting post!

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  5. My favourite photos by far!

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  6. Jeremiah wrote:

    Fantastic photos that take me to a different world. I imagine long nights under candle-light making those machines come to life for the first time.

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