The small market town of Sudbury is the unexpected silk capital of England. Four silk weavers in the town work on around 110 metric tons of silk a year, and Sudbury silk is used around the world. Gainsborough Silk holds a royal warrant for furnishing fabrics, Stephen Waters created the silk for Princess Diana’s wedding dress, Humphries Weaving supplies royal palaces and the National Trust, and Vanners develops bespoke patterns for haut couture fashion houses.
Read more about Sudbury’s silk mills here.
Tempted to explore and shop for silks? Plan a trip at Visit Suffolk.