Truly, it has taken me a month to digest all we saw and I hope I can convey some of our great experiences there. I must say from the onset, I would very much love to return to Mulhouse for at least a week to properly investigate those archives. With a good camera!
But this post is about the venerable factory. At the very beginnings of the Industrial Revolution, DMC was the first in Europe to buy steam operated machinery for the purposes of manufacture...from the City of Manchester, England. The company has of course had to adapt to many changes over the centuries, going from employing 5,000 in the 1920's to the 250 employees working there today. But they've stayed on the cutting edge of efficiency, environmental responsibility, and most of all, quality.
Never will I take a skein of DMC thread for granted again! This thought went through my mind often during the day...
Once the individual threads were spun, they are here being plied into the 6 strand floss we know so well. (The cotton is from Egypt.)
Another shot of the thread being plied.
It had then to be put into hanks, large ones, so the thread could be mercerized.
Michel probably knows more about thread than just about anyone in the world!
Have some perle....
And so was Louise....
Due to reasons of industrial privacy, we were asked not to photograph the machinery where the skeins are made, but here are some labels!
There was so much pride amongst all the employees, and it was well deserved. They didn't like being photographed, so we left them in peace, hard at work.
Before Michel and Jean-Luc dropped us off at the train station to return to Paris (and after we all had a celebratory glass of wine at the station), we were given bags of goodies.
And while the factory was fascinating, the Archives absolutely blew me away, maybe permanently!
That will be in my next post...