Jacquard loom


Jacquard loom

noun

Definition of JACQUARD LOOM

:  a loom designed to weave fabrics of intricate design whose control mechanism makes use of cards with holes punched in them

First Known Use of JACQUARD LOOM

1851

Jacquard loom

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Loom incorporating a special device to control individual warp yarns. It enabled production of fabrics with intricate woven patterns such as tapestry, brocade, and damask, and has also been adapted to the production of patterned knitted fabrics. Developed in France by J.-M. Jacquard in 1804–05, it used interchangeable punched cards that controlled the weaving of the cloth so that any desired pattern could be obtained automatically. It aroused bitter hostility among weavers, who feared that its labour-saving capabilities would deprive them of jobs; the weavers of Lyon not only burned the machines but attacked Jacquard as well. Eventually the loom's advantages led to its general acceptance, and by 1812 there were 11,000 in use in France. Use of the loom spread to England in the 1820s and from there virtually worldwide.

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