Audio Recording The dyeing process, part 1 of 3

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The dyeing process, part 1 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. "The weaving plants, naturally, had the cloth. Right? The customer would place an order initially with the weaving plant for so many bales or so many lots to be dyed and to be delivered to whatever plant they had a contract with. Right? You had the salesman in New York working for a plant. The salesman obtains for you buyers in New York, where the customer, for you to dye their goods. So you initially have a salesman that works for you, the plant has a salesman. He obtains for you the customer in New York that is looking for to dye the goods. They order their goods from a wave plant and then the truck, either, usually its the trucker from the dye plant that picks up the raw goods we call it . . . . They bring it into the gray room, a truck brings it into the gray room. The gray room, now, the procedure at that time is a little different than the procedure now. It has changed . . . . I'm talking about my day. In my day the truck delivered the goods to the gray room. They had a big vault to safeguard the material in. It was delivered to the vault and then brought outby either the receiving clerk to the forelady who distributed it to the different ladies to string it and prepare it for the boil-off. And they also had another process: tinning. The material was tin weighted to give it weight. It's not like today. Today it's not weighted. And I think today is much nicer. The tin-weighted material you couldn't wash it, only had to be dry cleaned, [otherwise] it would shrink on you. . . . But that was one of the processes, tin weighting and boil off.
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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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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Costa, Marianna, and David Alan Taylor. The Dyeing Process, Part 1 of 3. -08-10, 1994. Audio.

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