Reports and Awards Volume 3

Reports and Awards Volume 3

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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. 1877 edition. Excerpt: enduring in fabric and pleasing as well as enduring in its madder-red color; in fils of exquisite softness to the touch, made of camel's hair, forming the ground for costly Turkish embroidery (a material deserving more extensive use for this purpose); and the thick Russian felts made up into boots and gaiters, --the only foot-covering, according to Mr. Bielsky, the Commissioner for Russia, capable of resisting the cold of a Siberian winter. These articles also deserve imitation. It is believed that felted cloth was the most natural and the first stuff employed by man. We cannot reflect without pride that the first invention of primitive man in the textile arts, originating in Asia, the cradle of the race, and still in use among the ruder tribes of the East, remained without progress for centuries, until revised, amplified, and made tributary to domestic comfort and the arts in all civilized communities, by our own countrymen and in our own times. M. Kceppelin, a French expert, speaks thus, in the Annates du Genie Civil of 1869, of this fabric: "In spite of the simplicity of its fabrication, and in spite of the antiquity of its origin, felting was for a long time abandoned to the lesser industries. It is only within thirty years that the mechanical fabrication of felted cloths has been essayed. Many fruitless attempts in this direction were made in France and other countries; and it is only to the spirit of invention of two Americans, Wells and Williams, that we owe the processes now in use, and which have not been materially modified since the epoch of their discovery." Their processes, he says, were applied in France and England, and are used in the latter country for making printed felt carpets, exported in vast quantities all parts...
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  • Paperback | 196 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 358g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236501713
  • 9781236501714