The Story of Piet Stoop (1937)

Story of Piet Stoop (1937): worked for Jansen de Wit in Geldrop for almost 40 years.​

"My father always said: if you go to work somewhere, don't take too long, because if you work everywhere, you learn something everywhere. That's how it came about that as a fourteen-year-old kid I worked in many different companies until the military service. Autogenous welder, mechanic. Then I voluntarily entered the navy; I was a trained steam and engine mechanic. No, there weren’t any tattoos. After that, I was able to work as an apprentice mechanic at Jansen de Wit in Geldrop. That was a spinning mill. That was where the yarn was made for the weaving.

I went from being a mechanic to becoming the chief mechanic, and spent the last 8 years as chief technical service. I had rather not been this. Because then the problems come from above and below, and you are stuck in the middle. I got away with an arrangement. Twice I had to get someone out of the machines. His arm was stuck past the elbow in the combing machine. There was no victim support, though. I saw my first looms in the weaving museum. I assembled the épinglé loom myself, but I have no understanding of threading armour. My heart is still with the spinning mill. I'll see the machines in a minute. If something wasn't right, I saw it immediately. Ironing and worsted yarn, nothing else was made. A weaver does not understand that a spinner must deliver first-class yarn; "hedde kwaai garen, dan hedde kwaai doek!" The spinning machines of the 'preparation' in the Weaving Museum belong to me. That's how it feels."

The textile story of Ellen van Helmond-Klomp

Ellen was raised with the textile industry. Her father was a textile designer, which influenced her own career.