Silk mystery objects

Test your Macclesfield silk industry knowledge….We’ve five downloadable mystery object question and answer sheets from our collection for you to enjoy!


Mystery Object 1

Mystery Object 1

These are very light and only about 3 or 4 cm long. They rattle if you shake them.

Are these natural or synthetic (made by a person)?
What is the white case made from?
What is inside?
What were they used for in Macclesfield?

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Mystery Object 2

Mystery Object 2

This picture has been drawn on paper that is like graph paper, with lots of small squares.

What are the different colours in the picture for?
Who would have made a picture like this?
What would this have been used for?

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Mystery Object 3

Mystery Object 3

In Paradise Mill we have a number of original hand looms. These cards are used with the looms.

What material are they made from?
What does the pattern of holes in the cards control on the loom?
Can you think of any modern day objects that use a similar code although they are electronic now?

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Mystery Object 4

Mystery Object 4

What material is this made from?
Where is it a map of?
When would it have been made?
Who would have used it?

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Mystery Object 5

Mystery Object 5

This object is found in the design room at Paradise Mill where the artists worked. It looks like a crystal.

Do you think that this is hard or soft?
Is it natural or synthetic (made by people)?
What was it used for in the Silk Industry?

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Mystery Object 6

Mystery Object 6

In Paradise Mill we have a number of original hand looms. To weave on them you need this object.

What material is it made from? Natural or synthetic (made by a person)?
What is it called? Why do you think this object is called what it is?
Can you think of anything else with that name?
Can you think of any dangers in using this object?
Can you spot the white furry material near gold thread in the photo?
What do you think it is made from?

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