It is said that a factory at Humphreysville, Conn., is the only one in the world where silk brocatelles are woven by power looms. At all other places where they are made, the weaving is done by hand, and, previous to the successful operation of this establishment, it was deemed impos sible to construct machinery ingenious enough to weave in silk the complicated patterns of the brocatelles. The use of machinery is the only thing which enables American makers to compete with the German and French manufacturers in this branch of industry, as the foreign establishments have greatly the advantage in the cheapness of labor. The artist employed in this lactory to execute designs and draw new patterns, is one of the best order, and was educated at Napoleon's celebrated school of design at Lyons.
This article was originally published with the title "Weaving of Brocatelles" in Scientific American 8, 31, 243 (April 1853)