Lavoir et Carbonisage de Dolhain

THE ABANDONED FACTORY IN 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 impurities from wool by treatment with acid or acid producing salts. Carbonized wool are more porous than scoured wool. As a result the dye uptake is higher. Uneven dyeing may result due to faulty carbonizing.

The factory is built along the river Vesdre, which connects Dolhain to Verviers. In 1983 the company merges with its biggest rival, the Verviers based plant ‘Belgium Solvent’. Later, the new company is renamed ‘Traitex‘, a company still active today. It is the only European firm still active in the sector of washing and carbonizing wool. The Dolhain factory closed in 1994, production is taken over in the Verviers factory. A plan to rebuild the site for housing started in 2005. The original facade will be saved. These photos of ‘Lavoir et Carbonisage de Dolhain’ were taken in 2013.

Built 1934
Abandoned 1994
Reconverted 2019
Lavoir et Carbonisage de Dolhain
Lavoir et Carbonisage de Dolhain
Lavoir et Carbonisage de Dolhain
Lavoir et Carbonisage de Dolhain
Lavoir et Carbonisage de Dolhain
Lavoir et Carbonisage de Dolhain
Lavoir et Carbonisage de Dolhain
Lavoir et Carbonisage de Dolhain
Lavoir et Carbonisage de Dolhain
Lavoir et Carbonisage de Dolhain
Lavoir et Carbonisage de Dolhain
Lavoir et Carbonisage de Dolhain


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