Linz Textil is a spinning and weaving mill in (obviously) Linz, Upper Austria. Both are independent from each other – not all yarn that is spun also gets woven here, but is sold to other mills as well. They work with viscose (pictured below), cotton and polyester (for the spinning) and weave mostly heavier, home decor weight fabric in the basic weaves. The fabric is sold off to other factories, who continue to dye, print, etc. it.
I’ve visited a few factories before, but never one like this one: There were hardly any people – machines did basically all the work. And the noise! We thankfully got oropax and the weaving mill was still incredibly loud. We got a full tour and learned about the whole process from unspun viscose to the finished cloth. I’ll give you a breakdown in pictures, below:
Bundles of unspun viscose at the beginnig of the process.
As soft and fluffy as cotton candy.
Preparing the viscose for spinning – I loved the circular motion of this particular machine.
Spinning! Everything is done by machine, if a thread breaks, a small vehicle comes automatically rolling down the aisle, re-attaching the thread.
Stacks of finished spools. Done!
And now the weaving mill: Preparing of the warp beam (threads are wound onto it).
The small door in the back for scale.
The warp gets reinforced with a starch-water mixture (does not get washed out, dyers/printers have to do that themselves).
Inside the weaving-mill.
Weaving, the finished fabric comes out and…
…is rolled up immediately.The light behind it makes spotting flaws easier.
Ready for shipping! I hope you enjoyed this little tour :)