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6 - Weaving Around the World

The building we are renovating, as part of David Livingstone Birthplace, used to be a cotton mill. This is where David was born and where he worked as a piecer, when he was a child.

Here, raw cotton was spun into threads which were then woven into fabrics in a different factory. There are many different ways to weave fabric but it all starts by spinning raw fibres into threads.

Watch this video of people all over the world weaving fabrics.

Now have a go at weaving your own fabric on a mini loom by downloading our Learning To Weave Worksheet (PDF).


We are very grateful to our key funders the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and the Scottish Government for their support in helping us deliver the Birthplace Project. Note: Please note that David Livingstone Birthplace (and the David Livingstone Trust) is no longer part of National Trust Scotland (NTS). NTS members will therefore no longer receive discounted/free entry to the Birthplace Museum.

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Scottish Government
Historic Environment Scotland

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