The ancient art of Jacquard Weave is alive and growing, thanks in part to RA Smart, where we are committed to the promotion and development of this wonderful method of manufacturing.
Here in Macclesfield, the home of silk production in the UK, we have 4 modern high speed dedicated looms capable of producing the most intricate of designs. Our Weave facility was extended as recently as 2006, when the new production floor was opened by Sir Nicholas Winterton DL MP and Councillor Norman Edwards.
Weaving silk for men’s ties sees as much as 80% of our work exported to markets such as Japan and the US, representing a major success for British manufacturing and once again placing the town of Macclesfield firmly on the world map of silk production. Macclesfield’s long history of silk production dates back to 1261 AD when King Edward I granted the borough a Royal Charter.
The Weave side of our business is growing year on year and it’s not just silk for men’s ties being produced, we are also increasingly weaving for men’s scarves and working with leading designers on creating silk soft furnishing ranges.