Relationship is 12 steps. His brother, Cornelis, is my 9 times great grandfather.
The Multiple Ribbon Loom
In the last few years of the 16th C the German artisan Anton Müller invented a loom for weaving more than one ribbon at a time –between four and six-. It allowed to multiply the weaver’s productivity and has been considered to be one of the main textile innovations before the Industrial Revolution.
Soon after, in1604, the Flemish technician Willem D. van Sonnevelt succeeded in the Müller’s loom automation, that is to say, the first mechanic loom in history, 200 years beforehand respect the wide fabric loom. With a simple rotative movement of a long bar or oar, the machinist had to only worry about knotting and changing the yarns. It improved ribbon productivity and quality.
The first bar looms could weave twelve ribbons and soon they improved that initial number up to twenty-four. They spread through Flanders, where they were ex...