• Short Summary

    Item about rush weaving in Suffolk.

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    Debenham, Suffolk.

    M/S of Mrs Daphne Smith aged 20, walking out of a house towards the village green and a stack of rushes bundled together. C/U of the rushes and Daphne picking up a bundle then laying it on the grass. M/S of her untying the rushes. She then starts to fill a watering can from a pump on the village green. C/U of her filling the can. C/U of her watering the rushes, to make them more pliable. The rushes are cut from the Norfolk Broads.

    M/S of Daphne picking up the bundle, another woman, Miss Carol Mills aged 18, is working with some rushes on a table behind her. There are more women working in the background, they are Miss Margaret Fisher aged 19 and Miss Eileen Harvey aged 18. Daphne takes the rushes over to the other women. M/S of Daphne putting the rushes down and sitting next to the other weavers.

    M/S of Daphne weaving the rushes into a round mat, they are held in a vice. C/U of her hands doing the weaving, C/U of her face. The narrator says this is a form of weaving which needs no stitching. M/S of the weaver taking the map out of the vice and putting it in a rack with the others she has done. C/U of the rack. M/S of Carol stood at a table weaving a shopping basket. C/U of the rushes and her hands at work.

    C/U of a large circle of woven rushes, the narrator says it is the beginning of a rush carpet. M/S of Margaret weaving it. C/U of her hands braiding the carpet, C/U of the carpet on the bench.
    C/U of woman's feet in red shoes walking over a finished carpet.

    M/S of Margaret checking a finished shopping basket. M/S of a selection of woven items on the village green, including various baskets, a lampshade and a rug. C/U of rush basket and lid. The narrator says these items are sold all over the country and sometimes exported.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:12:32:00 / 01:14:07:00
    CP 184

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