Report from Select Committee on the Silk Trade

Report from Select Committee on the Silk Trade

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1832 edition. Excerpt: ...and backward state, and nothing but the Esq. xt. D. superiority they have on these matters of taste enables them to carry on a success ful trade.. M Ju, ie- 8814. Has the same spirit operated upon the operatives?--It has; the obser-l83'2 vations of the operatives are invaluable to the master; I have heard manufacturers again and again say that the masters who stood upon their own sagacity, and had not availed themselves of the hints of their dependants had failed. 8815. Are not very high sums paid to persons sometimes for the exercise of their ingenuity?--Yes. 8816. To what amount?--The highest sum I have ever heard of is 6,000 francs a year; but it is a better remuneration to give a talented young man a partnership than a salary of 4,000 a year, his assistance being so important for the production of a novel thing; in the same spirit is the manufacture carried on when the weaver gets hold of it; there are schools of weaving, as they are called, which are in many particulars the same in character as the schools of art. I have had conversations with the teachers of these schools, who are wholly devoted to the manufacturing branch; they have read its history, and are constantly executing difficult things. I have brought over from France some specimens of works of these teachers of weaving, which I am desirous should be seen as an evidence of the state of silk manufacturing art in that country. 8817. Will you describe the general establishment of these schools?--The schools of weaving are almost wholly individual schools, and consist sometimes of from sixty to eighty scholars; a pattern will be exhibited, and then their invention is put to the rack as to the best means of producing that pattern on a piece of silk goods; the master instructs them..
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  • English
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