The history of weaving

There was always plenty of water in the Bergisch urban triangle. And people exploited it to the full. Hydraulic power was harnessed to drive blacksmith’s cottages and hammer shops, and water from the Wupper was used for bleaching yarn, dying textiles, weaving-mills and other textile factories.

In Lennep the clothmaking industry was especially promoted by the local nobility and it received official privileges in 1571 which were to make the town famous. Yarn bleaching was the principal economic factor in Wuppertal. Textile manufacturing, once the motor of industrialisation, was at the basis of the economic upturn in the valley and provided vital impulses for the development of many other new business branches.

You can learn a lot about the history of weaving in the small, friendly, expertly conducted specialist museums as well as in the large traditional factories:

will tell you about early industrialisation.

Please note: the small museums are run by voluntary societies and for this reason they only have restricted opening hours.