Dundee lies on the River Tay and is known for 'jute, jam, and journalism.' It was once known as “Jutopolis.” Over 50,000 workers worked in the jute mills. Verdant Works Jute Mill, built in 1833 , was the 16th largest of 61 mills. The last of the jute mills closed in 1997. Verdant Works is now a museum depicting the days when jute was king in this http://www.verdantworks.com
Jute fiber was brought by ship from India. Large bales were brought to the factories where it was processed, spun into yarn and woven into cloth. Boys only worked in the mills until they were 18, when they were made redundant.
The visit starts with a film showing the history of the industry. Another excellent film shows current jute industry in India where most of the world’s burlap is woven today. The museum has working machinery that shows the process from the receiving of the raw fiber to the to the finished cloth. Lilly Thompson guided us through the operation of the machines. She worked in a jute mill for 20 years and ran a power loom. Much of the jute was woven into fabric for sacks and canvas and also used for rope. Here is a simplified synopsis in images.
|Lilly showing Carol how to tie a weavers knot|
|Our guide has volunteered on the Discovery for many years.|
|Bob and Ray on deck|
We dined tonight at Gadies, the restaurant attached to Touched by Scotland gallery in Oyne. Robin and Jan offer food that looks beautiful and tastes delicious. They utilize many of the agricultural products from the fertile land of Aberdeenshire. http://www.touchedbyscotland.com/gadies.php
|Judy and Margaret awaiting the feast|
|Ray, Mary, Bob|
|Carol, Cathy, Marta|
|Barbara, Marsha, Lynn|