The Kafka Ribbon Weaving Mill

The looms are still clattering today

People described the Jacquard weaving loom as the „queen of weaving technology“. People are still working in the traditional way in the Kafka Ribbon Weaving Mill where 25 lovingly restored Jacquard looms rattle and clatter tirelessly to produce high-class ribbons with unusual patterns and woven tags in all sorts and sizes. These genuine rarities are sought after by designers, confectioners, museums and private customers all over the world are sought after by designers, garment makers, museums and private customers all over the world.

Today the whole palette of precious Jacquard ribbons – around 150 variations in 400 different colours – can be seen in an old Bergisch house built in 1887. Here you can browse the samples and even purchase something beautiful. Right ne are still clattering as they did in the past. Visitors can also get information on the history and stories surrounding the ribbon weaving mill.

Changing times demand inventiveness

The Kafka Ribbon Weaving Mill sprang up from a weaving mill in the Wuppertal suburb of Langerfeld, which Bernhard Mardey set up  as a “factory to rent” in 1898. For many years the business operated with great success, but around 30 years ago it stood on the brink of collapse. Production techniques were no longer efficient enough. 

The ribbon weaving mill was saved in 1991 by a textile designer and engineer by the name of Frauke Kafka. She put together a lively museum full of creative ideas, high-class production and hands-on industrial heritage.

The Ribbon Weaving Mill is still in private hands, and opens its doors regularly to visitors.