CASHMERE: The World's Rarest Natural Fibre

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Title: CASHMERE: The World's Rarest Natural Fibre

Reference number: 3483

Date: 1978c

Director: d. Terence Donovan

Sponsor: Dawson International

Production company: Corpro

Sound: sound

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 13.28 mins

Description: Cashmere wool obtained from Mongolia is spun and knitted at Scottish mills into cashmere knitwear for Pringle, Ballantyne, Barrie, Braemar Todd & Duncan and Glenmac.

See also refs. 0578, 0579 and 3484

Credits: A Corpro Production
w. & p. John Doff
ed. Richard Perfitt
ph. Jeremy Stavenhagen

Shotlist: c/u hessian sack 'Products of the People's Republic of China' (0.07) gvs mountainous landscape, China and gvs workers rounding up goats; c/u using wooden comb to remove wool fibres from the animal's coat (0.25) title (0.38) gvs group combing wool fibres from goats (1.05) donkeys? loaded with bales of wool are driven along mountain pathway (1.13) c/u person handling the white fibres (1.24) exts. 'Todd & Duncan Cashmere Spinners' factory (1.29) Ext. of Pringle of Scotland building (1.34) c/u signs for "The Ballantyne Sportswear Co. Ltd.", "Braemar", "Barrie Knitwear" (1.44) c/us of woollen clothing - cardigan, jumper, tartan scarf (1.57) washing the wool (2.15) wool dyeing in vats; heavy machinery lift the material out, and move it to the next area on the production line (3.13) drying the fibres - including a shot inside the machine as the wool 'floats' down (3.53) compressing the wool (4.06) refining and spinning the fibres onto bobbins, spinning etc. on machines (6.01) brief shot storeroom where different coloured bobbins are stored (6.05) c/u cloth template for sweater (6.23) machine weaves sections of clothing (7.02) c/u as woman hand finishes, sewing and cutting the edge of a piece of fabric. Man sets up piece of fabric for further processing (7.50) c/u as machine does fine work on edges of woolen section (8.19) measuring, then different bits of the jumper are sewn together by machine (9.02) woolen pieces are washed and spun dry (9.43) the jumper is put onto a template, and steamed as necessary (10.10) woman cuts a 'V' neck into the garment (10.37) ribbed collar and cuffs are prepared and sewn into jumper, buttons added and the 'Pringle' lion motif is sewn into various items, another 'coat of arms' motif is also seen (11.39) diamond patterns are sewn into sweater, another floral pattern is also seen (12.21) c/u raw wool (12.24) model wears white ribbed top (12.32) exts. building, probably the factory (12.39) landscape and loch (12.43) c/u card 'Cashmere by Pringle of Scotland' 'Ballantyne of Peebles' 'Braemar from Scotland' 'Barrie Knitwear made in Scotland' '100% pure cashmere made by J & D McGeorge Ltd, Dumfries, Scotland' 'Scottish Knitwear by Glenmac, made in Hawick, Scotland' (12.55) ecs (13.28)