|Important clients for Sudbury silk!|
On Friday afternoon the Mulberry Patrons of Gainsborough's House enjoyed a special visit to two of the companies. First we went to Gainsborough Silks, who specialise in furniture textiles. We were fascinated to see how silk continues to be made by the old methods, using cardboard 'jacquard cards' to create the patterns. Some wonderful fabrics were on display, as were some fairly antique machines in addition to more modern, computer aided equipment.
|A Patron admires the finished product at Gainsborough Silk|
|Silk for ties at Vanners|
|Silks fresh from the dying process|
After the visit to the factories the Patrons enjoyed a cup of tea in the Gainsborough's House Library (with scones and mulberry jam) and then had the opportunity to view the exciting new autumn exhibition The Painting Room. This was written up in last weekend's Daily Telegraph Review as exhibition of the week. I will be writing about the show, which runs until January, in the weeks to come.
Gainsborough's House Mulberry Patrons are a valuable source of support to the museum. They enjoy a special relationship with the House's activities plus a programme of exclusive visits to hidden attractions country wide. Of course they can also freely participate in other programmes for supporters and Friends. If you are interested in joining this growing group please contact Gainsborough's House on 01787 372958