In 1991 when we moved to Macclesfield, you could still hear the clatter of the looms in James Arnold and Co's mill in Pickford Street.
As a handweaver I found this very exciting. In 1999, as part of my HNC in Handwoven Textile Design, I carried out research on Macclesfield Silk Stripe.
Before we moved to Macclesfield several older friends had told me how they remembered the beautiful colours of Macclesfield silk stripe dresses they had worn in the 1930s and 40s. To them Macclesfield meant 'silk stripe'. My aunt also gave me two of the silk stripe handkerchiefs.
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