Pipers Silks was first established by Jack Piper nearly four decades ago but is now run by his daughter Susan Peck, who worked alongside her Father in the silk industry for many years. In 2017 Susan's daughter Chloe Bellotti joined the business and is now responsible for all the silk winding.
Jack was a re-knowned silk throwster responsible for producing silk threads for many prestige weaving commissions. 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, the UK's major silk production area.
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 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 online.
From the early days, Pipers Silks has always offered a friendly, customer-focused service to ensure 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 deliver 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 customer queries.