Heinrich Handschin, personal growth
A real change did not come until Handschin turned his back on the silk ribbons and in 1863 began to produce ribbons for fire hoses. This cheap ribbon made of the raw material flax finally brought him the long expected commercial upswing. Drabbet (coarse linen) unlike silk or cotton could be bought inexpensively since it was produced in Russia and thus was not subject to tariffs. Low wages and long work hours which guaranteed the best possible use of the machines also contributed to making Moscow an extremely attractive industrial place for Heinrich Handschin.
"Heinrich Handschin: Things are Looking Up,"
Swiss American Historical Society Review: Vol. 45
, Article 8.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/sahs_review/vol45/iss2/8