5/30/2011

Shuttle Loom Graveyard


These ancient machines are difficult to kept running. They have been obsolete for decades and spare parts are hard to come by. What often happens is some shuttle looms cannot be repaired and are retired to the fields where they are occasionally picked over for spare parts to keep the other machines in working order.

These machines are at a small denim mill in Okayama. It is sad to see these historic machines just sitting in a field, but like keeping a vintage muscle car in working order, there needs to be a source for the parts. Hopefully when one of the working shuttle looms breaks downs, the shuttle loom graveyard will have the necessary pieces to keep them moving.