02 March, 2012
Lancaster Textiles: Last Mill Standing Video
http://vimeo.com/22586256, on http://vimeo.com/etsy
It's one thing to know that mill towns in the West are declining. It's another thing to see footage of brick rubble in a place that was once famous for textiles, and hear a factory owner and workers talk about their prospects and what's going on.
The factory sells puffy duvets for the domestic market. One worker says that shipping charges on these large items make them too expensive to import from the East, and that's what keeps the factory from being undercut.
Shipping charges can have a bearing on a handspinner too. It's possible to spend as much as twenty-five percent of your total cost on postage alone when ordering fibre.