Weavers' Incorporation of Perth Banner

'Industry its Own Reward' Weavers Incorporation banner. It is likely Flemish weavers had been in Perth from early mediaeval times and that the craft was well established locally. It is not known when the Incorporation was formed. Handloom weaving was very important and for the most part weavers were relatively well off. They owned property in South Street called Weaverland and at Thimblerow. During the 1600 and 1700s trade in linen with Flanders and Germany was developed. It was Scotland’s most important export at one time. After the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815) these foreign markets were lost, prices plummeted and wages fell. Later power looms were introduced and hand loom weavers all but disappeared with industrialisation and the introduction of cotton mills.

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