Audio Recording The dyeing process, part 3 of 3

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The dyeing process, part 3 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. "Then there was another process: the palmer, it could be a palmer frame and the beamer. These machines I don't know too well, but I remember watching them . . . . That gave it, we used to call it "the hand". In other words, the material came out nice in the end, finished product, it felt good. The weight was there. The color was there. And then it went onto tubing. The tubing department would cut it into the yardage per piece and at the same time examine it for flaws--it the dye was blotched, if it got ripped on the frames, if it got ripped on any other machine or any other process. He would watch it for flaws. He would cut it into the yardage required . . . . He would break down that entire roll into sizeable packages so it could be handled properly. And from there there were put on rolls, individual rolls. . . . No, the tuber would put it on in yards on a table that came over to the girls. And they would give it the final examination. And then prepare it. Well, it was folded and then prepare it for packaging. After it was packaged, after they prepared it, it went to the wrapper. The wrapper packaged it. From the wrapper it went to the checker, the assistant shipping clerk, and the shipper finally got all the invoices and he would check out to see if they were damaged and if it was colored. And he would make all the notations necessary for the customer to know what happened to his finished product. And then it was put on the tables for the trucker to put on the truck. Put it down the chute if it was on the second floor. If it was on the first floor [it was] on tables for the trucker to take it and put it [on his truck] and bring it to the New York market." In contemporary dye houses, some of the procedures just described have been eliminated.
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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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Costa, Marianna, and David Alan Taylor. The Dyeing Process, Part 3 of 3. -08-10, 1994. Audio.

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