Audio Recording The dyeing process, part 2 of 3

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The dyeing process, part 2 of 3
Contributor Names
Costa, Marianna (Narrator)
Taylor, David Alan, 1951- (Interviewer)
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Subject Headings
-  Italian Americans
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Retirees
-  Textile industry
-  Work processes
-  Dyeing
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Haledon
-  Interview with retired textile union official Marianna Costa at her home in Haledon, New Jersey.
-  Summary of audio segment: The dyeing process. "Girls in the gray room, in the receiving department, after the receiving clerk checked the goods in on his invoice . . . and the forelady would assign it to the ladies, maybe she would give them a lot each or whichever her procedure was. They would prepare it. We used to call that the stringing department. They prepared it so they could tie the goods and they could go on, I don't know, just like sticks or something, for the boil-off. Boil-off would wash the gum off and bring the material down to being flexible. And when it was flexible, then it went into the dye procedure. The invoices would follow it to give it the lots--how many's involved, ten pieces, fifteen--to keep it in lots and then to give it the color dye. . . . And then from there you had to dry it in the dry box. And the procedure at that time was a long dry box. And it went in at one end on big rolls; probably put the entire lot, maybe could be a ten-piece lot, or a fifteen-piece lot, they'd try to keep it together . . . bring it over to the front of the dry box, feed it in, and at the other end it would come off another roll. And through this dry box, the process would dry the material. It would also have another process of drying: have the material on a caddy, throw it over a roll and it went through adryer that way. But mostly through the dry box. Then, from that caddy at that other end would bring it over to the frame. So then you had to stretch it to the yardage to make sure that it was the width that was required by the customer . . . . So you had to frame and feed it and it would gradually bring it to the width that was required. . . . according to your invoice.
Analog Audio Cassette
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-DT-A010
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
American Folklife Center
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Costa, Marianna, and David Alan Taylor. The Dyeing Process, Part 2 of 3. -08-10, 1994. Audio.

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