Where does the name of our rooms come from?

La chambre de Monsieur Paul

Paul Jacamon was one of the two bosses of the spinning mill.

When the company Auguste Antoine et Cie was created on December 17, 1925, he became a Partner, with his brother-in-law Marcel Antoine.
He has the function of technical director.

At the end of his life, he will withdraw from the company, while remaining an attentive advisor.

He will mark his presence in the office every day, until his death at 81 years old.

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La chambre Coton

Cotton has been known and used since antiquity.

Cotton is provided by the silky down that covers the seed of a shrub: the cotton tree.

Until 1940, the Fougerolles spinning mill got its supplies exclusively from the United States.

Until 1960, bales of cotton were transported by rail.

La chambre Fibranne

Fibranne is an artificial fibre.

Raw material: Cellulose (wood pulp) and chemical product -> obtaining the viscous yarn.

The first fiber yarn was obtained in 1911.

From 1939, the fibranne develops more and more. (spinning is similar to cotton spinning)

Until 1940, the Château spinning mill had only worked cotton. The occupation made supply more difficult. The spinning mill then had to adapt to a new textile: fibranne. Arrived in bales in the same form as cotton, they were worked directly without the usual preparation reserved for natural fibres.

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La chambre 1991

The family includes 23 great-grandchildren of the founder. There will be no successor to continue the business activity. On January 1, 1989, the spinning mill changed hands. This year, the company will increase its productivity and diversify.
Despite this development, the difficult situation of the textile industries will get the better of the company (reduced margins, foreign competition, etc.).
On September 17, 1991, the Fougerolles-le-Château spinning mill closed its doors definitively, putting 72 people out of work.

La chambre du Fileur

The spinner restocked the spinning machine with spools, cones, etc. and put the spools in place on the machine which performs the roving stretching operations. The twisting of the fibers is carried out one after the other by the machine.

Other operations participate in the elaboration of the yarn, such as:

- working or mixing: the fibers are delivered in compressed bales then they are roughly decompacted into flakes

- threshing: thanks to this mechanical action, the fiber flakes are first disentangled and the last solid impurities and plant debris eliminated (especially for cotton)

- carding: the mechanical brushing of the fiber flakes makes it possible to individualize and parallelize the fibers in addition to eliminating the last impurities. A fairly regular ribbon of fibers (web of fibers) is obtained. At this stage, fibers of different origins can be mixed.

- doubling and stretching: with several passes, they make it possible to improve the parallelization of the fibers and to regulate the size of the fiber ribbon. At this stage, ribbons of different origins can be mixed.

- combing: it makes it possible to form a ribbon of long fibers by selecting the fibers of the ribbon according to their length, short fibers and debris being eliminated.

- stretching: the ribbons are stretched and refined to present themselves in "cheeses" or in slices.

- spinning or spun yarn: the ribbon is further stretched to obtain a thread that is wound on spools. A twist of the fibers makes it possible to maintain cohesion.

- twisting: spinning makes it possible to obtain single threads (composed of a single thread), twisting allows the assembly of 2 or more single threads: a twisted thread is obtained.

- throwing or assembling: it consists of twisting and/or assembling two or more threads to form a single, stronger one.

- winding: the purpose of this is to obtain a maximum quantity of threads on the same support by bringing together several single threads or twisted threads.

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