At Sarah B. it begins with the philosophy that we can make a difference.

It starts by incorporating better materials such as natural fabrics like cotton and linen, and hand printing our designs using eco-friendly water based inks.

We strive to reduce our environmental impact by making thoughtful decisions as they relate to our materials and construction processes.

Our small accessories and bag linings are made using fabric remnants - a great means of reducing our waste.

These choices reflect our core values - that however small, we have a responsibility to "do our part”

We understand that by embracing a slow, more sustainable approach, our methods may not reflect the least expensive nor fastest route in which to bring product to market however we believe it results in a better quality product overall.

At Sarah B. we place emphasis on the art of making and we celebrate the skills required to do so.

Inspiration - Boott Cotton Mill

I am fortunate to live in an area of New England where there is a rich history in textile manufacturing and development. Lowell, MA is an area which at one time was home to 55 textile mills - that is an incredible figure if you consider the size of each of these buildings and the required energy needed to run them efficiently. Lowell was built as a factory city around the Merrimack River to take advantage of the water power generated by the nearby Pawtucket Falls. 

Boott Cotton Mill
Boott Cotton Mill

While Lowell is extraordinary in terms of it's contribution to the Industrial Revolution, the mill owners were also viewed as somewhat progressive in their thinking by hiring a very large number of women employees. The vast majority of mill workers in the early to mid 1800's were young single women from small rural farms. A factory job promised a brighter future - a chance for independence. What's not to like? A cash paying job, room and board, not to mention the excitement of living on their own in "the big city" This combination was a huge lure for these women whose only other prospect was a hard life working in the fields. 

Boott Cotton Mill
Boott Cotton Mill

As part of my tour, I was able to view some of the large looms in operation. The first floor loom room consist of close to 100 machines. At the time of my visit, only 12 machines were actually running - the noise was deafening. I can not imagine what conditions were like for "The Mill Girls" - not only was the noise unbearable, add in the inherent dust and lint generated in the manufacturing process - what a horrible environment! 

Boott Cotton Mill
Boott Cotton Mill

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the mill as well as at the Mill Girls Boarding House and would encourage anyone to take the time to schedule a visit.    

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