- 2 large waterbeds
- area for cold dye
- hot water clay cooktops
- Use long bamboo sticks
Watched the tour guide measure the dye out as per book instructions and pour the dye into the hot clay pot. We each had a turn at using the long bamboo sticks to turn the loops of yarn through the dye pot. The regular women made this look so easy!
The stages usually include: primer/prep, boil, dry, cold water, dry
Will either do a hot or cold dye depending on desired product.
The women are paid per loop of yarn they dye.
- Within a long room 15+ older women sit on small stools using a spinning machine to make the bobbins ready for weaving.
- Much easier for older women and less eye intensive.
- We all had a go at this stage.
- Was the easiest of the stages we tried. It was much like threading a bobbin on your machine but rather through a wheel - more manually.
- large rack with all the bobbins then wraps into fabric - large wheels
- approx 8-10machines in one room and another room with approx 5
- if they are weaving checks or stripe they use a needle to measure the width - very resourceful
- We each had a go at using the weaving machine - in which you had to use both feet on the pedals and hands to pull a leaver etc. I feel as though we all would have gotten the hang of it if we had more opportunity to practice however we did not want to waste the womens time and mess up their work too much.
- 3 large beds on which the women work on
- using the tread they dye (Cotton)
- we got given a small embroidery hoop and a piece of scrap fabric with a design drawn. Although i have done some embroidery in the past it was very challenging! I broke the needle, which was very humorous for the women.
- It is a very time consuming stage and takes the women approx. 1 day to complete one item depending on the design.
- large room with over 14 machines
- large industrial iron
- 2 large cutting tables
Patternmaker/ tailors room upstairs
- only 2 pattern makers
- 2 large tables
a retail space with some unwanted samples utilised as examples.
spent a lot of time here :)
Fabric Store room
- one room for new season fabric
- other for rejected fabric
- large shelf with all the dyes
- scales area for measuring
- book for measurements