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A cottage industry making textiles was built in the 19th century, and this tradition has made Shetland garments known throughout the world for their quality.
Early photographs show people knitting socks and shawls, the principal goods which were made for both the home and for trading. Photographers were interested in the different processes; carding, spinning, knitting. At the other end of the market, fine lace items were made for wealthy customers, the items having intricate patterns and a beautiful draping quality. Photographs from the 1920s onwards record the new phenomenon of Fair Isle knitting, a style which today symbolises Shetland knitwear generally. Weaving also developed from a home craft into an important industry, but is extinct today.
For a fuller listing of images under this heading please use the subject listing Knitting