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Spade cultivation; carding as a social event; the processing...

Title - Spade cultivation; carding as a social event; the processing...
Contributors - Laura Malcolmson
Reporters - Alan J. Bruford

Summary - Spade cultivation; carding as a social event; the processing of wool.

When the contributor was young, crofters dug their land by hand. A back harrow was used to cover up the seed. The land was rig-run and broken up into small pieces. People took turns to use the rigs.

Carding and spinning wool was done by the women and girls of the district. On carding nights around midnight the boys would come with fiddles and the young people would go to the barn to dance until the morning. Much of the carded wool went for local weaving on small looms. Usually the wool was natural in colour but it could be died with natural substances, which was time consuming. Until the First World War people made their own clothes and shoes and there were tailors in every district.


Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:05:23
Date Recorded - 1970.09.16
Language - English, Scots
Genre - Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 101968
Original Tape ID - SA1970.235
Original Track ID - SA1970.235
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R



Item Location:
  County - Shetland
  Parish - Dunrossness
  Island - Shetland Mainland

Item Notes -

Permanent Link - http://www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/fullrecord/101968/1




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