Point Paper Silk Scarf


A beautifully luxurious scarf, the featured design was drawn up in 1897 for the French Jacquard furnishing fabric weaver Vanoutryve who had factories based in Roubaix. The artist is unknown, however the back of the work is marked Bettrummiaux who is believed to be the textile weave designer. The Mill’s work ticket has an 1897 date on it and took 4 months from the design creation to the first length of fabric woven.

Made by the Textile Point Papers Company, these 100% Silk scarves have been printed using high definition digital scans of the original archive point paper. Modern technology has been used to enhance the scarf edges but the technicians hand written notes and numbers have been left. The odd fold and wear and tear in the original paper was unavoidable so is reproduced too!

Original point paper VAN3055

53 x 160 cm

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In 1804 in Lyons, France, master weaver Jean Marie Jacquard revolutionised the speed of the previously slow weaving process. Jacquard invented a weaving machine adaption which was controlled by a continuous chain of punched cards created from point papers. Prior to the advent of computer aided design (CAD), drawings of woven textile pattern were translated by craftsmen onto special graph paper called point papers. These detailed drawings were then coloured with the different weave plottings and then read by textile technicians, who cut the weaving instruction cards that were to be placed onto Jacquard looms that ‘read’ the binary code pattern. Using the point papers mathematical thread settings and it’s various coloured weave plottings, weavers are able to produce many different qualities of fabric, each woven with a version of the design drawn on the point paper.

Jacquard’s name is synonymous with the numerous styles of decorative patterned fabrics woven today. The Point Paper Art Company have selected designs from their archive collections to breathe new life into this historical textile craft.