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Calico Printing

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A correspondent of the Milwukee Neus, liaving just visited an extensive establishment in Manchester, Eogland, gives the f ollowing account of calicó printteer : The proeesses through which a piece of eloth goes, before it comes out ueatly folded and tied as seen in the merchant shop?, are nuraerous. Very dirty and oflensive are some of these ; one of which struek the laidea os particularly so, was a wash or soak of the webb ia a vat of cow nianure and water, which it appeared possessed a chemical quality iudispensible to making the best quality of calicó. The printing of calicó is attained by the webb passing over brasa cylinders about six inches in diameter, upon which the print or figures are engraved. These oyliuders or rollers having a length equal to the width of the webb, are revolving in the ink or paste which is to give the desired color. The webb is at the same time passing over these rollers. But befortj the roller reachea the clotk it has passed over a scraper so niccly that ever partiële of thia coloring matter has beeu removed except what is in iutersices, and thus bears away the figure. For each different color it must pass over a cylinder a seperate time, since but one color can be imprinted at one time. So if a pieee of calicó is to have three different colors, it must have as many passages over as many different cylinders, each oue giving its speoific figure. The machinery for this, it will at once be seen must be of the most exact kind, and its workings conducted with great skill. - From the time a piece of eloth enters the mili, its washing and its soakins, its printings and its dyeings, its aurgings ind murgings, until it comes to its foldings, and its turnings are very numerous.


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