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There is one tailor in this district at present. Tailors in this locality work in their own homes, and do not travel from house to house. Some tailors stock cloth, but most of them get the cloth from the person who wants them to make the clothes.
Cloth is not spun or woven in this district now, but it was in former times. The implements a tailor uses are: a tape, goose, square, smoothing iron, thimble, and needle. Shirts are made at home from ordinary cloth.
About thirty years ago, shirts, towels and sheets were made in this parish, from flax which was grown locally. Some of this articles are in the homes of the people still.
About sixty years ago, freize coats were made from wool of sheep in this parish and there is one such coat
preserved in the parish yet. There is a field in this parish (Corlough) owned by Mr.Pat Byrne, Teeboy, called '' The Bleach Yard, '' because linen (made from flax) was formerly bleached there. Socks and stockings are knit locally,
from wool bought in shops. In the mountainous district of this parish, wool is spun and dyed and knitted into socks, stockings, scarves, and gloves. The dyes that are used are home made vegetable dyes.
Some people use '' moss '' that grows on old stones, for dyeing wool also. Some people sell socks and stockings which they have knit. There are some spinning wheels in old houses in the parish still.
At the death of a relative people usually wear black clothes at a wedding they wear their best clothes.
Collector: Roisin Byrne
School: Corratillan, Co. Cavan
Teacher: Mr Michael Byrne
Informant: Mr James Mc Govern
Address: Muineal, Co. Cavan
Thanks to Bernadette McGovern who transcribed this and a great many other pages of the The Schools' Collection, from the National Folklore Collection Archives.
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