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Clark Thread Company

The Clark Thread Company was originally a Scottish firm that manufactured embroidery and sewing threads for many years. The company was established in the 1750's by two brothers, James and Patrick Clark. The story of this company is complicated, as it involves British as well as North American based companies run by various members of the Clark family.

The Clark company was initially based in the Scottish town of Paisley, which at the time was rapidly becoming famous for the production of Kashmir style shawls. The more expensive Kashmir/Paisley shawls were made with silk and wool. As a result of the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815) and a French blockade on the exportation of silk to Britain, the Clark company created a method of plying cotton yarns that created a thread that was similar in appearance and strength to that of the silk formerly used by the Paisley weavers.

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