Textiles at Waterloo; Battling with fibresRead more
Shirts were of great importance and by this time, the standard issue was four shirts, for which the costs were deducted from their pay. Today’s army shirt of cotton and polyester would have been a dream to wear compared to the harshness of either linen or a woollen one.
Trooping of the ColourRead more
The Queen’s colours have been woven in pure silk for generations and since 1971 the Humphries weaving company have accurately woven the highly specified plain banner silk. Making the cloth requires the utmost care in handling nature’s most delicate of fibers. The silk is produced thousands of miles away in China where for centuries the ancient art of sericulture has continued to thrive to supply the worlds demand for the precious thread.