Piombo discusses his experience with the Scottish clothing mills:
At first, [the old Scottish mills] didn’t want to know when I went to them — they were more interested in making lighter commercial cloths that were kind of boring. But eventually they fished out their old archive books and they were amazing. Much of the old ways of weaving (which still, miraculously, hang by a thread) were done by single weavers working in their own crofts. This, for Massimo, was — and remains — a virtue.