Tuchmacherplatz - Lambrecht (Pfalz)

Lambrecht (Pfalz)

Tuchmacherplatz - Lambrecht (Pfalz)

Tuchmacherplatz - Lambrecht (Pfalz)
67466 Lambrecht (Pfalz)

Phone : (+49)6328234


The Tuchmacherplatz (Clothmakers' Square) is located at the Untermühle (Lower Mill), a former grist mill.

Around 1565, Walloons persecuted for their faith found refuge in the town of Lambrecht (Palatinate) and established the craft of cloth weaving as excellent "Wüllenweber" (wool weavers). It was to flourish in Lambrecht and become the basis of a 400-year economic history of cloth-making, during which Lambrecht was able to rise to become an important Palatinate cloth industry centre, which also gave the town the honourable epithet of "cloth-making town".

In 1568, the Elector Frederick III gave the buildings of the monastery, including houses, church and fields, to displaced Walloons as an asylum. They continued their profession as clothiers in Lambrecht. Their guilds were tightly organised, their quality standards so high that the electors privileged them. This is how the town achieved solid prosperity, which, however, was repeatedly destroyed by warfare over the centuries.

In 1966, the closure of the last cloth factory marked the final decline of the cloth manufacturers.

But what exactly are clothiers?

Clothiers were specialised weavers who exclusively produced fine rolled and napped woollen fabrics, so-called cloths. In some places, therefore, the term wool weaver was also used (along with various others). The cloth weaver processed the spun sheep's wool, which had to be beaten, washed, combed and carded (a system of different sized rollers running against each other at different speeds) before it was sent for spinning. He made the actual or perfect cloths, which were woven from sheep's wool yarn alone, without any other additives.

The clothmaker could also make whalecloth. Fulling fabrics are textiles woven in plain weave or body weave, the surfaces of which are felted by fulling (pressing, pushing, compressing, pressing and kneading in warm, slightly alkaline or acidic baths) in such a way that the original weave is hardly or no longer recognisable. In contrast to felt, however, woven fabric is processed.

Would you like to learn more about the profession of clothmaker?

There is a weaving museum in Lindenberg (Pfalz), which is open from April-October on Wednesdays, Sundays and public holidays from 2-5 p.m. Visits are by appointment only. Visits as a group can only take place with a maximum of 8 people.

Weber Museum, Joppenholzstraße 6, 67472 Lindenberg (Palatinate), telephone: 06325 980442, e-mail: webermuseum-lindenbergpfalz@online.de




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