English Fine Cottons
Long before Manchester was football, had cotton.
The city and the surrounding region has been built on the success of spinning and sewing during the industrial revolution, giving life to his catchy nickname, Cottonopolis.
But as production slowed, moved off and we started to import, the beautiful red brick mills in the North-West and fell silent.
Now, after 40 years of pause, the cotton is new on the production line.
After a Â£6m investment, the textile manufacturer in the uk with Fine Cottons began the spinning of cotton imported from the sunny fields of southern California to here in Greater Manchester, to produce a yarn that is used throughout the region in a reopened the supply chain.
“It’s really engaged the weavers and finishers and dyers to pull together to create those chains again, and there is a huge appetite for goods and the English, and the quality that we’re doing here,” says Tracy Hawkins, the director of the English language and Fine Cottons.Spin cycle
We decided to follow the supply chain from the bale to the railway, in defiance of the enterprises of the North-West to make a garment from the cotton in its raw form, all the way through a shirt.
Then, with a spool just spun the Manchester cotton in hand, we headed 45 miles north of Blackburn.
We arrive and hand through our wire. The color is the next step in the process.
“We’re going to take this in our dye house, we’re going to load it on a dye stand, we’re going to bleach, we’re going to dye it and we’re going dry,” says Anthony Green, director of the Blackburn Dyers of Yarn. “The whole process should take about eight hours.”
Our coil is then joined with dozens of others, and it is nestled in a huge kettle of dye. After a short time, reappears from behind the clouds of steam that, like the newly dyed pink cotton yarn. Good yarn
After a trip through a huge hair dryer, our coil is cool and dry, and then we’re back in the car and go up the street to Burnley.
Debbie Catterall is the head of John Spencer, the sixth generation of the family weaving business run by the great-great-grandson of the founders. The mill is the last remaining traditional cotton weaver in Burnley.
“Our order book is really healthy,” he says. “The number of developments that we are doing a huge potential, so that the next six months, the forecast is looking great.
“So much so that we are having to put on extra shifts and recruiting staff to meet that need.”
It is a story that is reflected at the national level of the UNITED kingdom fashion textile manufacturers.
BBC News and the commerce of the body and Make the British surveyed 90 companies in the sector. Almost 50% said they have increased their turnover in the last year, while the 30% the export of an increased volume of the Made in Britain goods.Stitched up
We have our pink coil is mounted on the chassis. In a few moments, the frame gets to work and at high speed, the yarn is interlaced and a fabric rose begins to appear. We can see the emergence of a garment, you can wear it.
25 miles back down the M66 to Manchester for the last stage of this reconnection of supply chain. With a pink cloth in hand you get to the Private White VC, to another factory that has survived the turbulent changes of the production of clothing.
At the height of the sector, it is estimated that approximately eight billion yards of cloth were produced in 1912. Today we are making a shirt from a little more than two metres. But it is British cheese. British dyed. British fabric – and now British-stitched.
James Eden is the head of the Private White VC: “I don’t think we’ll ever see a return to those halcyon days of Cottonopolis, the regional production and fabrics.
“However, certainly on a global scale, there are huge opportunities for companies and brands like ours to create sustainable, vital and ultimately very profitable, making things again here in the UK and sell to an international market.”
After 100 miles round trip, and the whole of the North-West, we saw the raw materials to become the best apparel, the cutting of the leaders in travel from China, Bangladesh, Vietnam.
In an area rooted in centuries of textile history, experience and resounding pride, the cotton, the process has slowly been stitched up.