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Border Weave

About the film

Keen to strike a balance between modern machinery and traditional hand-made skills, 'Border Weave' shows the production of Scottish wool, in stunning Technicolor.


Release year
John Lewis Curthoys
Production company
Turner Films
Jack Cardiff
William Alwyn
Joseph Macleod
Reginald Beck
Sound recording
Harold King
Running time (minutes)
14 mins 40 secs

Original Description

Scotland's Woollen Industry
'From all over the world comes wool for Border looms. The theme of this film of the Scottish woollen industry is the weaving of Border cloth. From the preliminary grading and scouring of the wool, the blending of dyes, and the spinning of yarn, each process is described in detail.'
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1942-43)


  • One of the establishing shots is set in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire. Mr Primrose, who served at secretary to the British Council Film Committee, retired to this village after leaving the British Council Film Department in 1946.
  • Border Weave was made in co-operation with the Scottish Woollen Export Council.
  • Records suggest that the working title for this film may have been 'Close Knit'.