Lavoir et Carbonisage de Dolhain

Built: 1860

Abandoned: 1960

Visited: 2013

Dolhain, Belgium

This old building is part of the ‘Lavoir et Carbonisage de Dolhain’, a factory that washed and carbonized wool. The factory belonged to the brothers Despa. Carbonizing is done to remove the cellulosic impurities from wool by treatment with acid or acid producing salts. Carbonized wool are more porous than scoured wool and hence the dye uptake is higher. Uneven dyeing may result due to faulty carbonizing. The factory closed in 1960. A plan to rebuild the site for housing started in 2005. The original facade will be saved.

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