Women and girls working with textiles in a Victorian factory. Mills employed both women and girls as cheap labour. The 19th Century Factory Reform Acts improved conditions for women as well as for children.
Detail of female employees in Wetter's calico factory, painting cotton ready for export. The Wetter, Factory, 1765 by Joseph Gabriel Rossetti Maria. Wetter had 500 empoyees in his factory doing various jobs. His fabric designers trained at the Academy of Painting in Marseille.
This woven silk is one of the most expensive luxury textiles of the 14th century and might have been used for secular or ecclesiastical dress or furnishings. The exotic birds and vine leaves in its composition represent designs that were new at the beginning of the 14th century. Birds and plants flow freely across the textiles, the former depicted in active poses, often ranged in pairs facing each other. Vine leaves also feature prominently.