The World of Textiles

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Textiles are an important part of our world and of American History.

Once a booming industry here in the United States, today’s textile industry in the US is a fraction of what it once was. In 1785 Edmund Cartwright patented the very first power loom in England, this was the very first mechanical approach that used waterpower to speed up the weaving process. The first American cotton mill commenced operation on December 20th, 1790, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. In 1814, Francis Cabot Lowell invented the first successful American-made power loom.