The #Silk Trade in #Lyon #France
The Crusaders brought silk production to Western Europe, in particular to Italy which saw economic boom exporting silk to the rest of Europe. Changes in manufacturing techniques began to take place in the Middle Ages, especially with the invention of the spinning wheel. During the 16th century France joined in developing a successful silk trade, and this is when Lyon became the capital of the European silk trade.
In the 17th century, over 14,000 looms were used in Lyon, and the silk industry fed a third of the city's population. We visited the Silk Museum, and yes I made some purchases.