I work with a few factories in the rural areas in the north of Portugal. In general the factories are very small and manufacture one product group, for example only shirts or pants or knitwear.
In the area, I also source some locally produced fabric either directly from the knitting factories or stock fabric vendors.
On one trip to Portugal i got the chance to visit a sock and a wool factory.
Albano Morgado specializes in wool fabrics since 1917. To see the whole process of the fabric making, from the packs of raw wool, to yarn spinning , weaving , processing and quality control, was amazing.
The sock factory operates since 1966 and it was cool to see the circular knitting machines in action and the hand operated sock steamer.