Innovations in textiles were one of the main sources of the industrial revolution - among them John kay's flying shuttle. The Lancashire cotton industry changed the world - made the modern economy, shaped the British empire through its imports from India. My aunties worked in weaving sheds in a Lancashire mill town from 1945 (my dad and uncles in spinning - there was segregation of occupation by sex!) The shuttle I have came from their mill when it closed in about 1980. The industry has all but vanished now.