Stramongate Year 3 worked with artist Nicki Smith and Quaker volunteer, Sue Tyldesley. Inspired by a visit to the Quaker Tapestry and discovering the history of the Braithwaite family, who were an established Quaker family in Kendal, they decided to focus on the famous wool and weaving trade of Kendal. Alongside a drysalting business, the Braithwaites, who set up shop in Dr. Manning’s yard in 1701, also owned a Wool mill that started behind the main arch of the yard and ran all the way down to the river, with weaving and dyeing sheds. Inspired by this trade and the samples from the Crewdson Pattern book, which is held in Kendal Town Hall and dates back to 1769, they have created their own original and colourful weaving. The Braithwaite family business survived for 270 years!
If you would like to know more about the Kendal’s patterns from this period, that would have brightened all the field around Kendal as the cloth was hung on tentaframes to dry, a team of 18 dedicated weavers from The Lancs and Lakes Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers spent a year creating replicas of Crewdson Kendal Pattern Book.
The Quaker tapestry is also well worth a visit, with some great displays about Quaker life and industries alongside the famous tapestry. You will find it marked on the festival map.
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