Pipers Silks was first established by Jack Piper nearly four decades ago but is now run solely by his daughter Susan Peck who for many years worked alongside her father in the silk industry.
Jack was a re-knowned silk throwster who was responsible for the production of silk threads for prestige weaving commissions. Probably the most famous was the silk for weaving the wedding gowns of Princess Anne and Princess Diana.
Pipers Silks is a small business based in Suffolk which is the foremost area of silk production in the UK.
Our silk history reaches way back through many generations; our ancestors were silk velvet weavers in the old Spitalfields of London. Susan was born and lived in the silk mill house of the local silk throwsters in Glemsford, Suffolk, where her father Jack, who had succeeded his father to become the manager, lived with his family having moved there at the age of 13!
Silk was indeed a family affair as Susan’s mother and grandmother were both silk weavers and her sister and extended family were all silk throwsters. Susan’s sister Annette has written an account of her early years at the silk mill in Glemsford. Many happy hours were spent learning her skills, even as a small child, watched over by her Father and the ladies of the working mill.
Annette’s book, Memories of a Mill Girl will shortly be available to buy here online.
From the early days Pipers Silks has always offered a friendly, customer-focused service to ensure that they provide the right silk threads to produce excellent results that their many talented customers can treasure.
We provide our silk threads to meet customers’ exact requirements. We will supply to order and will provide the silks threads required to reproduce a design or pattern from the many publications that recommend the use of ‘Pipers Silks’. We also provide a colour matching service.
Our knowledge of silk is second to none and we are always happy to advise and answer queries from customers.